Anti-gun California Senator Dianne Feinstein Is At It Again!

Discussion in 'Legal and Activism' started by opaww, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    http://www.gunowners.org/a091707.htm

    Monday, September 17, 2007


    You may recall that in recent years, GOA has enlisted your aid in
    fighting so-called "gang" legislation, which typically includes
    attempts to apply federal RICO anti-racketeering statutes to minor
    gun infractions -- thus harassing and prosecuting otherwise
    law-abiding gun owners as though they were Mafia bosses.

    Well, Feinstein's S. 456 is the latest vehicle for such
    underhandedness.

    At issue is section 215 of the bill. In essence, your family, gun
    shop employees, or even church bowling league would be considered an
    organized "gang" and subjected to draconian prison sentences if you
    did any of a number of things, such as:

    * having a gun (loaded OR unloaded) in your glovebox as you --
    inevitably -- drive within 1,000 feet of a school, even if you didn't
    know the school was there;

    * selling a gun out of your store while being entrapped in a
    Bloomberg-style "sting" operation;

    * teaching your son to shoot without giving him a written letter of
    permission (which must be on his actual person), even if you are
    standing right behind him at the range the whole time; or,

    * simply being one the 83,000 veterans whose names were illegally
    added to the Brady system by President Clinton (or, presumably, one
    of the thousands more who will be on the list if the current Veterans
    Disarmament bill passes), if you continued to possess a firearm.

    Now, there's a lot of legal verbiage in S. 456, which is quite large
    as bills go. Feinstein and her anti-gun cronies will counter that the
    situations listed above aren't enough -- you also have to commit a
    crime of violence while engaging in them.

    Oh yeah? Consider how many people defending themselves from
    carjackers or their businesses from hold-ups are indicted by anti-gun
    prosecutors merely for exercising their right to self-defense. And
    what judge is going to say that the "gun crimes" in those instances
    aren't crimes of violence?

    Further, any anti-gun prosecutor could simply state that family
    members or gun shop employees are "co-conspirators" or are
    "aiding
    and abetting" actual criminals using guns.

    And of course, we have had plenty of warning of what happens when
    prosecutorial powers are enormously expanded. Take the original RICO
    Act itself, for example. We were told that it was needed to shut down
    the Mafia -- a tool to be used in the fight against organized crime.
    But in the years since its passage, the RICO Act has become the
    overzealous prosecutor's version of going nuclear... wrapping
    everything up in one big package of conspiracy charges and twenty
    years to life prison terms.

    It just isn't right that you, your spouse, and your two teenage boys
    could be treated like the Gambino family just because you brandished
    your firearm to scare away a carjacker... without firing a shot! And
    prison terms of 10, 20, or even all of your remaining years aren't
    right in such instances, either!

    In short, section 215 of S. 456 is unacceptable. It must be deleted,
    period. To our knowledge, the entire Second Amendment community --
    spearheaded by GOA and the NRA -- is adamantly opposed to Feinstein's
    scheme.

    It should be noted that there is lots of talk on Capitol Hill about
    how to "handle" the problems of S. 456 with a minimum of fuss. The
    most likely scenario is that there would only be two amendments
    allowed -- one Republican and one Democratic. Once that is done, the
    Senate would immediately proceed to a vote on the bill... which may
    or may not be a recorded vote. Gun owners should bear in mind that,
    regardless of which politician is saying otherwise, there is NO
    GUARANTEE that the Republican amendment would even attempt to totally
    strike section 215. The amendment might not help matters that much,
    and might not pass anyway.

    So this attempt to placate gun owners with a "roll of the dice"
    amendment vote is nothing more than the usual smoke-and-mirrors
    designed to give politicians cover from the wrath of a known activist
    constituency.

    GOA doesn't believe in gambling with your rights. Our position is
    firm and unalterable: section 215 must go away, now. The time to kill
    a snake is before it strikes. And this snake could strike at any
    time; a vote on final passage could occur as early as this week.

    So here's what you can do to help kill the snake. Any individual
    senator can place a "hold" on a particular piece of
    legislation until
    his or her concerns are addressed; if the Leadership ignores those
    objections, it becomes extremely difficult to move the legislation
    forward. The "hold" is a legislative tactic that we have used to
    great advantage in the past. We need at least one Senator to take
    that step and place a hold on S. 456.
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Imagine that, an anti-gun politician from Kalifornia. Whoda thunk it?

    I know my two senators from Texas will oppose it as I have already e-mailed them on the subject.