Sunday, March 10, 2013

Dianne Feinstein: It's 'Legal to Hunt Humans'

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A lot of people have been trying to make some hay out of an admittedly stupid comment made by California Senator Dianne Feinstein. (Although, "stupid comment made by California Senator" is almost a tautology!) I do not think for one minute that she believes it is 'legal to hunt humans'**. Here's what she said:
"And yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines. Limiting magazine capacity is critical because it is when a criminal, a drug dealer, a deranged individual has to pause to change magazines and reload that the police or brave bystanders have the opportunity to take that individual down.”

She was, IMHO, trying to make the point that criminals could use large capacity magazines, that they purchase legally, for the commission of their crimes. In her ardor to ban handguns, long guns, shotguns, and any accessories for those devices, she fails to notice that the hunting of humans IS illegal. How preposterous then, are we to assume that someone who would disregard the law insofar as taking another human life would be bothered by an infraction of some minor statute designed to limit his grossly illegal mindset?

Di-Fi's mistake wasn't in stating that hunting humans is legal, it's the fact that, to a miscreant, intent on violating one of the oldest and strictest of our laws, 'Thou shalt not murder', the fact that he might have to break a lesser law first, and obtain a larger capacity magazine, either through the black market, theft, 3D printer or some carefully cobbled bits of sheet metal and plastic from someone's garage or basement, and that such a law would deter him is ludicrous on its face.

I have six words for you Sen. Feinstein. I understand it has worked well in a number of states:

Use a gun, go to jail.

Doesn't matter whether you kill someone. Doesn't matter if you even fire it. If you carry a gun in the commission of a crime, you do hard time. Extend it to replicas and toys as well. If the victim of your crime thinks you were carrying a gun, same punishment applies. That's deterrence

Punish the criminal, not the tools he chooses to use. Disarming the law abiding is like getting a vasectomy because the neighbors are having too many kids. It's time to stop punishing all of society for the crimes of the few, and get serious about enforcing the crimes already on the books to rid the streets of violent criminals.

**She may have been confusing this with Obama's predator drone policy, too!

Cross posted at LCR.

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