WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 — There are many people looking for someone to blame in the wake of the UCSB shootings last week. The actual perpetrator is dead, but someone has to be to blame. For Senator Dianne Feinstein, that someone is the NRA and the entire gun lobby.
In a speech made Sunday shortly after the killings — we are tempted to say “shootings,” but half the victims were stabbed to death, undoubtedly with an assault knife — the longtime anti-gun senator made some remarks that demand a closer look.
Feinstein had some questions. “We must ask ourselves if an individual whose family called police with concerns about mental health, who is receiving therapy and who has had several run-ins with police should be allowed to own multiple firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.”
If someone calls the police, concerned about a son’s mental state and afraid he may be a danger to society, is it the job of the police to respond? Did the mental health system in California allow this boy to slip through the cracks? This is an important question, because in California, mental health records are examined when someone tries to buy a firearm. If a therapist believes the person is a danger, he may be barred from purchasing a firearm. In addition, multiple firearm purchases in California are automatically reported to the ATF.
How is it possible that authorities in a state that ties mental health to gun ownership allowed this boy to own a firearm? The police in his hometown seem to have failed in their job to investigate his parents’ concerns about his mental health.
This is a scare tactic. Feinstein is using Friday’s killings as a platform to scare the public into supporting further gun control, despite the fact that California has some of the toughest laws in the country, and she’s doing it with a lie. Again, in California, if the therapist has done his or her job and is not incompetent, a mentally unstable person should not be able to get any kind of firearms. Feinstein’s claim that a person with a mental health history can get any kind of gun at any time is false. California requires permits and fingerprints, and there are restrictions on the kind of weapon you can own — not just in California.
“Unfortunately the NRA continues to have a stranglehold on Congress, preventing even commonsense measures like universal background checks that have overwhelming support.”
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The target of Feinstein’s hatred and of her strongest efforts in the Senate is the gun lobby. A background check, linked to mental health records, did not stop this boy from buying one firearm, let alone three. Background checks are already the rule of law. You cannot go into any gun store in this country and legally purchase a firearm without a background check. Only sales between private individuals are uncovered in most states. The overwhelming majority of gun sales and transfers involve background checks, and Feinstein knows it.
To Feinstein, “NRA” means “gun lobby.” They stand in the way of her campaign to disarm the entire country. In 1995 she tried to get an outright gun ban. “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. I could not do that. The votes weren’t here.” She uses the word “commonsense” to make her campaign reasonable by definition. She uses the term “overwhelming support” — without evidence that she has it — as a sanitized form of “might makes right.”
“Americans need to rise up and say enough is enough. Until that happens, we will continue to see these devastating attacks. Shame on us for allowing this to continue.”
Feinstein’s home state is home to the most stringent gun laws in the country, and to two of the 10 most violent cities in the nation; their violent crime rates are among the 10 worst almost every year. But the problem nationwide for Feinstein is that violent crime is on the decline around the country. Despite the best efforts of Democratic politicians and the Liberal media to suggest otherwise, preliminary reports from the first half of 2013 show a drop in violent crime in every region of the country.
The incidence of “mass shootings” is neither up nor down. We are not in the midst of a violent crime epidemic, nor in the midst of a surge in mass shootings. We are in the midst of a media blitz from people who wish for you to believe that we are.
Feinstein is right: Americans need to rise up. Rise up and wise up; trust but verify. Feinstein has made her living sneering at the gun lobby, deriding gun owners, and damning the money that they spend to send politicians to represent them in Washington. At the same time, Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety get $50,000,000 from Michael Bloomberg to donate to anti-gun politicians.
Feinstein won’t admit that every single day Americans do rise up, every single day Americans use their firearms to protect themselves. Earlier this week in Orosi, California the eldest brother of four successfully defended his siblings, with a firearm, from three armed men attempting to enter their home. Earlier this month in Sacramento two senior citizens defended themselves against two individuals trying to break into their home; they did so with a firearm.
California is already considering new gun control legislation, as are several other states. Aside from an outright ban, there is not much wiggle room for them to go in terms of new restrictions. Instead of California looking at guns to blame and passing new gun control measures, perhaps they should look into how the therapist failed to report this man, and why the parents’ cries for help to the police amounted to nothing.
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