Sen. Dianne Feinstein has evidently been watching too many TV cop shows.
You know the ones, where the bad guy's always shooting it out with police after being cornered at the old abandoned Hollywood flame factory, but he's holding his own until he has to change the clip in his gun, giving the hero cop the chance he needs to finish off the villain with a single clean shot to the head from 50 yards away?
She must also be a fan of Daffy Duck cartoons, because she clearly has something against hunters, based on what she said at a Senate hearing on her gun-grab bill this week:
"The time has come, America, to step up and ban these weapons. The other very important part of this bill is to ban large capacity ammunition feeding devices, those that hold more than 10 rounds. We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than three rounds. And yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines. Limiting magazine capacity is critical because it is when a criminal, a drug dealer, a deranged individual has to pause to change magazines and reload that the police or brave bystanders have the opportunity to take that individual down."
It's hard to know where to begin, but I have a few questions, senator.
First, I'm wondering what state it is where hunting humans is legal? Or perhaps you're thinking of "The Most Dangerous Game"? (Still one of the best adventure stories ever written, by the way.)
How many criminals, senator, can you name who follow the law? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone? See, not following laws, such as restrictions on the size of ammunition magazines, is sort of a characteristic of being a criminal -- you tend to commit crimes.
Now I'm no expert, so hunters please correct me if I'm mistaken, but aren't ducks usually hunted with shotguns, rather than rifles that use "rounds"?
In the matter of mass shootings, senator, what precisely would you like a "brave bystander" to do without a gun? Hide? Pee his pants? Run with scissors toward the gunman? These are all "helpful" suggestions for these types of situations that have been made by the government since your bill was introduced.
Also, when was the last time police actually stopped one of these mass killers while he was in the act of slaughtering people? Fifteen years ago, in the North Hollywood Shootout, the police took down Larry Phillips and Emil Matasareanu, but they were bank robbers, not mass murderers. The "Joker" shooter in Aurora surrendered. But even the ones who wind up fighting police usually kill themselves, as happened with Christopher Dorner.
Speaking of Dorner, the mass killer had lots of praise for Sen. Feinstein in his manifesto:
"Sen. Feinstein, you are doing the right thing in leading the re-institution of a national AWB. Never again should any public official state that their prayers and thoughts are with the family. That has become cliche' and meaningless. Its time for action. Let this be your legacy that you bestow to America. Do not be swayed by obstacles, antagaonist, and naysayers. Remember the innocent children at Austin, Kent, Stockton, Fullerton, San Diego, Iowa City, Jonesboro, Columbine, Nickel Mines, Blacksburg, Springfield, Red Lake, Chardon, Aurora, and Newtown. Make sure this never happens again!!!"
I guess he meant to write "make sure this never happens again, just as soon as I'm done popping off a few more cops and their families." You know, senator, when a mass-murdering crazy with a cache of guns tells you you're doing the right thing in banning guns, a smart person might think maybe, just maybe, banning guns isn't such a bright idea.
Actually, Dorner's comments to Sen. Feinstein are especially interesting in light of the paragraph that immediately follows them:
"In my cache you will find several small arms. In the cache, Bushmaster firearms, Remington precision rifles, and AAC Suppressors (silencers). All of these small arms are manufactured by Cerberus/Freedom Group. The same company responsible for the Portland mall shooting, Webster , NY, and Sandy Hook massacre."
So go after those evil gun makers, senator!
Feinstein had some other bizarre opinions about veterans that she voiced during the same hearing when she opposed an amendment that would have exempted military veterans from her gun bans.
"The problem with expanding this is that, you know, with the advent of PTSD, which I think is a new phenomenon as a product of the Iraq War, it’s not clear how the seller or transferrer of a firearm covered by this bill would verify that an individual was a member, or a veteran, and that there was no impairment of that individual with respect to having a weapon like this," said Feinstein.
All things considered, I'm more worried about the impairment in the thinking of certain senators.