Dianne Feinstein, Aristocrat

Senator Dianne Feinstein
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Senator Dianne Feinstein wants your guns. She has said so. But now she says outrageously that, under current law, one human being can hunt another.

Dianne Feinstein sets a record

Dianne Feinstein said that in a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in Room 216 of the Heart Senate Office Building. (Clip One, Go!) Jeff Poor of The Daily Caller has her words:

We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than three rounds. And yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines.

See also Jason Howerton’s report at The Blaze.

And according to Real Clear Politics, she also seemed to think that any veteran, particularly of the Iraq theater, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, or “battle fatigue,” unless he proves otherwise. She even said such battle fatigue is new to the Iraq war.

No one can possibly take her remarks any other way: she actually said one human could hunt another according to law. Does she really feel that the law allows that? Or that every military vet is a little crazy and the government ought to take his guns away from him?

If so, then she is crazy. The Senate ought to think about how crazy she is and maybe expel her.

But it’s not so.

Dianne Feinstein has always wanted the people’s guns

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Photo: United States Senate

In 1995, Dianne Feinstein lamented that all she could legislate was a ban on “assault weapons.” (Clip Two, Go!)

If I could have gotten fifty-one votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, Mr. And Mrs. America, turn them all in, I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren’t here.

Well, maybe she is trolling for those votes now.

And yet she wants the right to “pack heat” herself, and have her bodyguards pack it. In Clip Three, she talks about her own “sense of helplessness.” She remembers carrying a concealed handgun into a hospital to visit her sick husband. So why doesn’t she want anyone else to have that right?

That, ladies and gentlemen, is special pleading. Like many legislators, she does not want to live under the laws she writes for the rest of us. She wants a private law for herself. (That is what the word privilege means.) When legislators, or executives, or judges, demand and get special privileges, they cut themselves off from the people. That makes them lose sight of the effect of the laws they pass, execute, or interpret. And it also sets up a class system: you’re either “in” or “out.” You either have pull, or you don’t.

An aristocracy?

Every society usually develops a class of people who think they’re better than the rest, and seek either to rule or to be immune from the law. Such a person is an aristocrat (“rule by the best”). Too often, those who seek to overthrow one aristocracy seek merely to replace it.

Congress made itself an aristocracy about a hundred years ago. And Dianne Feinstein is a classic aristocrat. But she is running out of ideas. So she tells Big Lies, like “it’s legal to hunt humans” and “[battle fatigue] is a new development.” All this to cement a class system with herself and her colleagues at the top.

But one more thing makes one wonder whether she is crazy. She actually thinks people will believe her.