Feinstein ignores gun stats, announces bill to ban guns

Dec. 31, 2012

By Katy Grimes

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Despite a recent report by the  Federal Bureau of Investigation which found that violent crime decreased in 2011, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein released a summary of her legislation to ban assault weapons.

Yet Feinstein said her goal is to introduce a bill to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devises. “Military style” merely means scary looking guns.

Gun sales up, injuries down

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which records each time someone buys a gun, showed that background checks hit a record high of 16.5 million in 2011. Gun sales have been steadily on the rise.

A recent report from the California Attorney General found that the more guns that have been sold in California, the fewer gun deaths and injuries there have been.  According to figures compiled by department officials, gun dealers sold nearly 600,000 guns last year, almost double the 350,000 sold in 2002.

And gun-related injuries and deaths have gone down.

According to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries fell by nearly 4,000 a year to approximately 2,900, a drop of about 25 percent, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The attorney general’s office reported that the number of deaths from firearms fell from 3,200 a year to about 2,800, an 11 percent decline, according to California health department figures.

“Most of the drop in firearm-related injuries and deaths can be explained by a well-documented, nationwide drop in violent crime,” the Bee reported.

Despite this data, Feinstein still plans to introduce stricter gun ownership legislation.

Here is the Summary from Feinstein’s website. Read it carefully, and notice the much broader definition of “assault weapons”:

Summary of 2013 Feinstein Assault Weapons Legislation

Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:

  • 120 specifically-named firearms
  • Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, and shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic
  • Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds

Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:

  • Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
  • Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test
  • Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans

Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.

Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:

  • Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment
  • Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes
  • Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons

Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:

  • Background check of owner and any transferee
  • Type and serial number of the firearm
  • Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint
  • Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law
  • Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration

 

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  1. David Yates
    David Yates 31 December, 2012, 10:01

    I have No words to describe how much I despise this woman

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  2. Ruben Navarro
    Ruben Navarro 31 December, 2012, 10:32

    The actions of Feinstein deliberately refusing to (1) look at the stats, (2) take an intelligent look at cause and effect when it comes to violence, and (3) attacking the rights of law abiding Americans is unconscionable! Much like David, I truly cannot stand this woman or her followers…

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  3. Tax Target
    Tax Target 31 December, 2012, 11:10

    David,

    I wish I could give you the words. She is a sorry excuse for a politician… no corrupt politician. This bimbo’s intent is to make a huge swath of law -abiding American citizens either criminals or subjected to Federal torture at the hands of the ATF, which by the way can’t even abide by its own laws! DISGUSTING!

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  4. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 31 December, 2012, 11:28

    Thanks for sticking up for our 2nd Amendment civil rights CalWatchDog.

    As to the very wicked and corrupt oligarch known as Dianne Feinstein, she is truly a despicable and loathsome tyrant. She is the kind of politician Thomas Jefferson warned us about! When she passes from this world and enters her rightful place in the seventh circle of Hell, I for one, will throw a party.

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  5. Bruce
    Bruce 31 December, 2012, 12:47

    Get her out of office! She has far too much power and is abusing it! Our forefathers are rolling over in their graves!

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  6. Lukeulone
    Lukeulone 31 December, 2012, 13:44

    Didn’t she help “Night Stalker” out in the 80s by letting everyone know the Night Stalker was wearing Avia Shoes and the type of gun used was the same one used in the killings in Los Angeles? All this while he was still on the loose. Nice work Senator Feinstein!

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  7. Bubba
    Bubba 31 December, 2012, 15:03

    Comrade DiFi never met a gun control scheme she didn’t like!!!!!!!

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  8. JR
    JR 31 December, 2012, 17:17

    Screw the rules*, I have money**!

    *Constitution
    **absolute power to commit heinous crimes and never be prosecuted for them

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  9. us citizen
    us citizen 31 December, 2012, 17:39

    I agree withe every post above mine.

    So who can arrange a nuke for Sacramento? 🙂

    Tests work also………….

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  10. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 1 January, 2013, 00:46

    I do like DiFi, but she has ALWAYS been wrong on gun control;

    “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

    — Thomas Jefferson

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  11. dollylama
    dollylama 1 January, 2013, 02:50

    Guns make it too easy to kill. Period. Please sign this petition because we need to convince Senator Ayotte to vote for any upcoming legislation to ban assault weapons, which she currently opposes. Tell everyone you know to sign. It doesn’t matter where you live, her vote affects us all. Thank you.
    http://www.change.org/petitions/kelly-ayotte-make-assault-weapons-illegal?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created

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  12. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 1 January, 2013, 10:46

    Dollylama: “Guns make it too easy to kill.” This is probably one of the most ignorant themes in the gun control discussion. People who want to kill can and will kill with anything.

    However, disarming responsible citizens makes the entire society unsafe.

    Katy

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  13. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 1 January, 2013, 11:19

    Who is being disarmed! The proposed legislation does not take assault weapons out of the hands of those who already have such. It just forbids the purchase of assault weapons by those who don’t already own such, and hadn’t even thought about it anyway. If they had no previous intent to purchase assault weapons, they are not going to be affected by the fact that they might not be able to buy them in the future. So, if you think you must have a Bushmaster, rush out right now and buy one–you will help the economy. If the legislation passes, there are 900 other types of weapons that you will be able to purchase and possess till your dying day.

    Dianne Feinstein has served honorably in the U.S. Senate for almost 20 years. So stop the paranoia, already!!!

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  14. Chapel
    Chapel 1 January, 2013, 21:24

    SeeSaw,

    What about my child? Their child? They are being disarmed. I personally don’t care about the magazine size, the background checks, and what is see as a “real” assault rifle (AR-15 and the like [Hate me if you want, but I don’t think your average citizen needs an AR-15]). My problem is this piggy-backing on the supposition that this will prevent mass shootings. It wont. Sure it will make it more difficult to some, but trying to pass a law to prevent law-breakers from breaking law is a like trying to put out a fire with wood. I mean the fact marijuana and heroine are illegal keeps people from doing them right?

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  15. Jason
    Jason 2 January, 2013, 06:54

    SeeSaw, with all due respect I believe you have fallen prey to classic misdirection. The proposed ban is merely the tip of the ice berg. A deeper read into this proposal shows the greater intent. Fingerprinting and photo ID as well as background checks and registration for those already purchased legally. Meaning the law abiding gun owners amongst us have already done this. The bill intends to create a cross reference to be checked against. This is all well and fine but reading further you get the part of transferring these items between private parties. This legislation targets such a wide array of liberties i cant name them all. Second Amendment rights are stripped down to the bare minimum in terms of what can or cant be owned or purchased. This bill would minimize if not eliminate a persons ability to find ammunition for the grandfathered items thus rendering these inoperable. The ability to transfer between two people through private sale is greatly reduced as well. Yeah yeah yeah, gun shows and mssle launchers…old argument and a pointless one. let me know where these type of gun shows are please as I have yet to attend one that offers the weapons of concern. This all leads to disarmament. Look at history. Gold was privately owned and used as a hedge against inflation and yes the depression. What did our government do? Confiscated it and made it illegal to own gold privately. Anti Second Amendment followers dont see the big picture. All they see is the horror that makes the national news and there is the lynchpin. What they dont see is how many crimes and tragedies are averted by private citizens who are equipped and courageous enough to pull their own weapon in defense of themselves and those around them in the gas station or bank being robbed. Diane Feinstein may want to avert tragedy and loss of life on a mass scale and thats fine. Im for that. So in the spirit of averting mass loss of life, Make Abortion Illegal. More lives are snuffed out by abortion in a month than the loss of life by gun violence in a decade. I would advise all to check history and the original writings of the founding fathers as well as check non partisan based fact check sites on this before making a stand. Know where you stand and why you stand there. and for crying out loud someone please get her and her ilk OUT of office when given tthe chance. Your choices affect the rest of us as well

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  16. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 2 January, 2013, 19:33

    We could go round and round on this, I’m sure. I believe that more of those 20 children would still be alive today, if that assault weapon had not been available to the killer.

    On the subject of abortion–if you want to make it illegal, you need to pair it up with family planning and required sex education in the schools. I would rather see unwanted children prevented from being conceived in the first place–then the only abortions would be for reasons that are private between the expectant parents and the Dr.

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  17. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 2 January, 2013, 19:35

    I go back to my first statement about Diane Feinstein–she has served honorably; she wasn’t re-elected for nothing.

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  18. Casey
    Casey 5 January, 2013, 19:38

    Odd, I emailed Feinstein and got a “Out of state ” response. Seems she doesn’t care what I say because she doesn’t represent me. Yet….she strives to pass laws that will impact me. She is WHY the founding fathers wanted us have a second amendment. I asked her “At what price are you willing to pay to enforce this law? Will the ATF officers that took an oath to “defend the country from enemies both foreign and domestic” enforce this law or will they ignore their oath and join you in becoming a domestic enemy?”
    She chose not to answer, I assure you that the citizens of this country will answer her even though she won’t ask first.

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  19. Casey
    Casey 5 January, 2013, 19:44

    SeeSaw,
    20 to 40 children drown in 5 gallon buckets each year. Do want to outlaw those too? Bikes? Stairs? People are killed by insane people each year….how about doing something about that instead of taking away my only means of assuring that my govt. is not going to become tyranicle as our founding fathers felt it would without a means to prevent it. Your belief equates to a lack of critical thinking is simplistic and a shame.

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  20. Matt T
    Matt T 13 January, 2013, 14:32

    And I am sure that the line for registration will be long due to all the criminals trying to the right thing and registering thier weapons…

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