Dianne Feinstein Gun Laws Would Not Have Stopped the Murders of Harvey Milk, George Moscone, or Jonestown

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has authored a gun ban proposal that would ban 157 different models of assault weapons, as well as magazines containing more than 10 bullets if it is passed into law.

Dianne Feinstein got lectured on the Constitution by a better informed Ted Cruz. Like most liberals, Senator Feinstein thought she could avoid the questions he was asking by making an emotional appeal.

Here’s what Dianne Feinstein said to Senator Ted Cruz:

“I’m not a sixth grader. 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.”

Dianne Feinstein has seen “bodies that have been shot.” In 1978, when she was the President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Dianne Feinstein found the dead body of fellow San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone who had been murdered by former supervisor Dan White.

In a January 2013 interview, Dianne Feinstein told reporters:

“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. . . . 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.”

It must have been a horrible scene to witness.

But here are some problems with Dianne Feinstein’s argument. The weapon that Dan White used was a handgun and is not on her list of banned weapons.

The same revulsion over dead bodies could be said about traffic accidents. Teenagers who take driver’s education classes have to watch images of horrible accident scenes, many of which include children. Should we outlaw automobiles since nearly 45,000 people die each year in automobile accidents?

The same month that Harvey Milk and George Moscone were murdered, reports were coming in from Jonestown, Guyana, a remote community on the northern coast of South America that had been built by members of the Peoples Temple who had relocated from San Francisco. 907 died by ingesting Flavor Aid (not Kool-Aid) laced with Valium, chloral hydrate, cyanide, and Phenergan.”

Dan White showed no signs of mental incompetency. If a thorough background check had been done on him, nothing would have come up that could have served as a warning. No one ever imagined that he could kill anybody. But he did. He circumvented the metal detectors by entering the government building through an open window in the basement.

We’re learning more about the Newtown shooter Adam Lanza. What he did was criminal. The guns he used were not his. There’s one more thing. If we’re going to play the blame-game (a favorite tactic of liberals), it might be better to direct our anger and moral judgment against video games, the media, lax security, and bad parenting, if this report from the Daily News is accurate about Adam Lanza:

“What investigators found was a chilling spreadsheet 7 feet long and 4 feet wide that required a special printer, a document that contained Lanza’s obsessive, extensive research — in nine-point font — about mass murders of the past, and even attempted murders. . . . Authorities believe Adam Lanza targeted Sandy Hook, because a school would provide little resistance, allowing him to rack up victims in a quest for notoriety.”

Something is happening in our culture. It’s not that evil people did not do evil things in the past. It’s different today. There is an underlying current of moral apathy that no number of new laws will be able to curtail. Belief in God is despised. Moral absolutes are ridiculed. Children are taught from an early age that they are evolutionary accidents meandering through the cosmos that has no ultimate purpose. Is it any wonder that some people act on these beliefs with cold efficiency? In the end, who’s to say that they did anything wrong?