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Sunday, September 25, 2016

WATCH: Dianne Feinstein Slams Ted Cruz At Gun Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines on Thursday to advance Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 to a full Senate vote, with 10 Democrats voting for the ban and eight Republicans voting no.

A majority of Americans support reinstating the assault weapons ban, which was also popular with the electorate when it was allowed to expire in 2004. Despite a majority of Americans and major mainstream law enforcement, medical and religious organizations supporting the legislation, the media commonly reports that the “controversial” measure has virtually no chance of passing Congress. This line of reasoning mirrors the NRA, and its chief apologist in Congress, freshman Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz — who says an assault weapons ban violates the Constitution, even though there already was one in place for 10 years.

The debate hit a boiling point on Thursday as Cruz, acting as a modern-day Joe McCarthy, tried to lecture Senator Feinstein on the Second Amendment and the Constitution by trying to make a ridiculous comparison between limiting access to military-style assault weapons and banning certain books.

Cruz was making a convoluted point about the Fourth Amendment’s protections against “unreasonable searches and seizures” and how banning certain books — similar to banning assault weapons — could be deemed “outside the protection of the Bill of Rights.” Just as he seemed ready to cue the black helicopters and jackbooted government thugs coming after your AR-15 and your copy of Wayne LaPierre’s latest book, Feinstein fired back.

“I’m not a sixth-grader,” Feinstein snapped. “Senator, I’ve been on this committee for 20 years. I was a mayor for nine years. I walked in, I saw people shot. I’ve looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons. I’ve seen the bullets that implode. In Sandy Hook, youngsters were dismembered. Look, there are other weapons. I’m not a lawyer, but after 20 years I’ve been up close and personal to the Constitution. I have great respect for it. This doesn’t mean that weapons of war… and the Heller decision clearly points out three exceptions, two of which are pertinent here.  It’s fine you want to lecture me on the Constitution. I appreciate it. Just know I’ve been here for a long time. I’ve passed on a number of bills. I’ve studied the Constitution myself. I’m reasonably well educated and I thank you for the lecture. Incidentally, this does not prohibit — you use the word prohibit — it exempts 2,271 weapons. Isn’t that enough for the people in the United States? Do they need a bazooka? Do they need other high-powered weapons that military people use to kill in close combat? I don’t think so. So I come from a different place then you do. I respect your views. I ask you to respect my views.”

 

  • “I respect your views. I expect you to respect mine.”
    There you have it. The thing that the Tea Party simply cannot do.

    • montanabill

      I respect your views too. The difference is you and I can’t get ours enacted into law.

      • Or to pick and choose which laws THEY think are constitutional.

  • midway54

    Indeed, this guy is a modern day McCarthy. He looks like him and is as obnoxious and irresponsible. The Loon Star State continues its long reputation of foisting rightwing lunatics on the Country

  • Sand_Cat

    Actually, Congress, State Legislatures, and the Supreme Court have in fact done to the First and Fourth Amendments exactly what Senator Cruz suggests, led in most cases by “conservatives,” though not the lunatic type that he represents. The separation of church and state has been repeatedly breached, and still is under attack by “faith-based initiatives.” The freedom of the press does not protect all books, nor freedom of speech all speech. While in a few cases these have been sensible restrictions, many have not. Of course, the contention of people like Cruz that the second amendment in effect protects the private citizen’s right to artillery or even a nuclear arsenal is as idiotic as the people who elected him.

    • One time I (in jest, I swear) mentioned that if the Second amendment allowed me to have my own choice of weapons, then why should I stop at a dinky Ak-47? Why not an atomic bomb?
      A person replied, “Simple reason, You idiot! Because an atomic weapon’s not a defensive weapon!”
      I said, “Oh well.. there goes forty years of Cold War strategy then. Ever heard of MAD?”
      But of course, they hadn’t.

  • Sen Cruz is going to give snark a bad name. His display of offensive rhetorical hyperbole was a waste of time and taxpayers money. His question was an attempt to conflate different issues and make them appear equivalent…which they are not. The man is an offense to all sentient beings, even those unfortunates who voted him into office. We must deduce that they understood something of the man they elected. Now we all have a full six years of this mental midget and his antics to look forward too.

    • CPAinNewYork

      Ted Cruz couldn’t find his ass if he used both hands. He is as dumb as a sackful of assholes.

  • nobsartist

    This may complicate the issue. This was put in obama’s great health care plan. You can only guess why.

    Senate amendment 3276, Sec. 2716, part c.

    According to that amendment, the government cannot collect “any information relating to the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition.” This means that the government CANNOT mandate firearm registration. No registration, no confiscation.

    • Lovefacts

      Actually, the government can mandate firearm registration by passing a law that accomplishes this. Laws/statutes are routinely superseded by new statutes that neutralize/void them.

  • CPAinNewYork

    Andy Pope and Ted Cruz are both pieces of shit.

    • There is no excuse for Cruz but I would say that Andy needs a little sympathy. He is obviously a very cowardly (poor) excuse of a human being. (almost called him a man, LOL) People like him spend their days in terror that “someone” is out to get him. We can only console ourselves with the fact that, even though he has weapons, he will likely be too busy peeing on himself if he ever needs to use one.

    • If you look a little closer at the latest Tea Party candidates, you can make a list.

  • latebloomingrandma

    When Hillary Clinton entered the Senate, she studied briefs and absorbed information before she opened her mouth. She was not there to make a fool of herself. Senator Cruz looked like an idiot lecturing a seasoned voice of reason like Sen Feinstein. Her retort, in my book, was very restrained considering the put down nature of Cruz. My only disappointment in her is that I heard she apologized to him. Too bad, but then she is a statesman and a classy woman.

    • charleo1

      Well said. Cruz needs to remember a bit of frontier wisdom left to us by a
      self taught, traveling Lawyer named Lincoln. Who said, “Better to remain
      silent, and be thought a fool, than open your mouth, and remove all doubt.”

  • ococoob

    Towards the end of the video, why should Feinstein apologize to that jerk who totally disrespected her. We all know where Cruz stands for and that’s the gun manufactures! Pathetic piece of *****!

  • only thing in texas is like what rory gallagher sang about- Brute Force & Ignorance

    • WTH is wrong with Texas?… do they drink the oil?….TX wants to secede from the Union…… What a great idea and take a TX politician under each arm and leave…

  • A gun is just a gun unless it’s in the wrong hands, worry about the hands, not the gun.

    • jmprint

      NO IT’S NOT A GUN IS A GUN. AN ASUALT WEAPON IS AN ASUALT WEAPON.
      We need to worry about anybody that owns one. A true Christian doesn’t need one

    • johninPCFL

      How about some numeric references? There are an estimated 270,000,000 guns in the US, so, if 0.01% (that’s one in ten thousand) weapons are misused, that’s 27,000 misuses per year. If there were only 100,000,000 guns available (yeah, one hundred million), there would be 17,000 fewer misuses. That’s fewer suicides (most use guns because they’re easy), fewer armed robberies (most use guns because they’re easy), fewer family-involved deaths (most use guns because they’re handy), etc.

  • Sierra111

    The Republicans made fun of Hillary Clinton’s age, too. However, which party ran the old guy this past election? The Republicans!!!

  • ted cruz (r-tx) is a F~ing Vile Scumbag POS.

    • The_Vet_Is_J_Reacher

      Oh goody. Slurs and slander from an anonymous poster on the interwebz. Boy, that carries a lot of weight. Let’s list your faults and foibles. Oh wait…. Can’t. You hide behind an anonymous moniker you use to slur and slander people with a real name and identity.