Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:25 PM
Nonny, on 04 April 2013 - 07:20 AM, said:
So much for hypocrisy
. Here are the actual facts:
Dianne Feinstein Talks Guns, Opens Up About Her Own Firearm Ownership
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dianne Feinstein has long been one of the Senate's strongest advocates for gun control. But few people may know that the California Democrat used to
own a firearm herself.
During an appearance at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club on Wednesday, Feinstein recounted the time she was targeted by a domestic terrorist group, the New World Liberation Front, while a member of the city's Board of Supervisors in the mid-1970s.
She described finding an unexploded bomb outside her San Francisco home, the lives of her family members saved only by a rare overnight freeze that disarmed the weapon's mechanism. Shaken from the scare, and another incident in which the windows of her beach house were shot out, Feinstein obtained a revolver that she kept in her purse.
"I thought if they were going to take me out, I wanted to take a few of them with me," she told the audience with a laugh.
But after witnessing the assassination of City Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in 1978, Feinstein's views on guns shifted. She later gave up her concealed weapons permit
"I was the one that found Supervisor Milk's body, and I was the one to put a finger in a bullet hole, trying to get a pulse," Feinstein, who succeeded Moscone as mayor following his death
, told the Advocate in an interview earlier this year
. "Once you have been through one of these episodes, once you see what the crime scene is like -- it isn't like the movies -- it changes your view of weapons."
"I know from first-hand experience what damage ... weapons can do to bodies," she explained at Wednesday's event. "I have a deep belief that these weapons are antithetical to our values."...
Why does that make her a hypocrite? Seeing Moscone and Harvey Milk die would be enough to make anyone stop and think about gun control. That was a looooong time ago, and she's been consistent ever since. That was, of course, before she became a senator OR the mayor of San Francisco - it was 1976 IIRC.
Edited by Rhea, 06 April 2013 - 11:27 PM.
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