WASHINGTON – A video has been uncovered in which Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who has promised to introduce probably the most restrictive gun control legislative ever seen in the United States, reveals she was trained in firearms and carried a concealed weapon.
In the video of a U.S. Senate hearing on terrorism after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, she told “a little anecdote” of how she carried concealed to protect herself after two assassination attempts by the New World Liberation Front, the NWLF.
She explained: “I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I walked to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon and I made the determination if somebody was going to try and take me out, I was going to take them with me.”
The video has surfaced amid Feinstein’s announcement of a proposal that would ban many types of weapons in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Twenty children and six adults were killed.
Michael Hammond, legislative counsel for Gun Owners of America, asked in an interview with WND, “Do we need any more proof that she is a hypocrite?”
Hammond said Feinstein “has no problem getting Congress to buy armed guards for Capitol Hill.”
“Does she consider herself more precious and more valuable than our children?” he asked.
Hammond was optimistic her new assault weapons ban proposal would be defeated.
“The central reason is that it is going to ban most hunting rifles and will require hunters to be registered with the federal government,” he said.
“This discredits the whole notion of gun control” due to the “extreme left-wing” nature of the bill, he said.
Hammond is confident that enough Democrats from GOP districts will stand against it, considering they are up for reelection. He cited as examples Max Baucus of Montana, Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Mark Pryor of Arkansas
Feinstein reportedly no longer has her concealed carry permit.
She championed her private firearm ownership the same year that she called for banning “all” firearm ownership.
In an interview with “60 Minutes” in 1995 she said, “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up every one of them. Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ’em all in, I would have done it.”
See her comments in the “60 Minutes” interview:
Another video shows Vice President Joe Biden in a 2008 campaign speech in Virginia opposing gun control.
“I guarantee ya, Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns so don’t buy that malarkey, [anti-gun Democrats] gonna start peddling that to you. I’ve got two if he tries to fool with my Baretta he’s got a problem.”
See the Biden video:
However in 1989, as a senator, Biden introduced legislation for an assault weapons ban that was defeated but then revived by Feinstein.
Ironically, Feinstein serves in Congress with Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who spoke once at a fundraiser for Kathleen Soliah, aka Sara Jane Olson, who was part of the NWLF, the group accused of attempting to bomb Feinstein’s home.
WND previously reported on Feinstein’s proposal for gun control.
She said it will be introduced soon.
“It [the bill] will ban the sale, the transfer, the transportation and the possession” of certain weapons, the California senator said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Not retroactively, but prospectively. And it will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets.”
The senator describes the proposal as a version of the assault-weapons ban that expired in 2004.
Feinstein’s legislation ban scores of firearms, including military-style “assault” weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices. It also calls for the creation of a federal register that would require millions of gun owners to be fingerprinted and photographed.
The following is a summary of the legislation posted on Feinstein’s official senatorial website:
Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
- 120 specifically-named firearms
- Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic
- Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds
Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
- Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
- Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test
- Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans
Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
- Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment
- Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes and
- Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons
Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
- Background check of owner and any transferee;
- Type and serial number of the firearm;
- Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
- Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration
A pdf of the bill summary is available here.