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Senator Cruz vs. Senator Feinstein

Senators Cruz (R-Texas) and Feinstein (D-California) squared off during a Senate Judiciary Hearing today, and it was a good one.

The exchange below shows exactly how the Feinstein Assault Weapons Ban will be argued, something I have been paying very close attention to, because that’s what actually matters. Listen closely as Feinstein tries to explain exactly how her proposed legislation is Constitutional under the 2008 Heller ruling. She had the following to say, emphasis added:

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.

So what are these exceptions she’s talking about, and do they actually apply?

Reading through the Heller decision, I think we can clearly see the exceptions Senator Feinstein is referring to (emphasis added):

Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons.

So unless Feinstein is again off in deep left field where she seems to spend a lot of time, here are the three exceptions (limitations) that are, in the Supreme Court’s opinion, Constitutional:

  1. Prohibiting the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill
  2. Forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places
  3. Imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms

It seems clear to me that Feinstein thinks she can argue the legality of banning standard capacity magazines and semiautomatic firearms under the guise of “imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”

This fight is far from over.


Watch the exchange here.

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15 Responses to Senator Cruz vs. Senator Feinstein

  1. Steve Northrop March 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    She’s been in too long

  2. a76marine March 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Real quality argument by our IL Senator that, “None of the rights in the Constitution are absolute. None of them.”

    • Godngunz March 15, 2013 at 7:33 am #

      That’s the phrase that hit me the strongest. Unbelievable.

  3. Nathanael Massey March 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    so to proves she not an immature sixth grader..she acts like an immature sixth grader?! how very ignorant and outside the realm of reality of her

  4. dgdimick March 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    She looks like she’s been beat up, maybe she’s a boxer in her spare time? Maybe she has a bit of brain damage to go along with the crazy talk.

    She keeps talking about the SF city shooting, however, forgets she carried a gun while in SF. She has been in the “public” service too long, and needs to retire, or be put out to pasture.

  5. Ray March 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    If the mentally ill are not supposed to have firearms, then why does she have one??? This woman has some big mantal problems.

  6. Liion Defense March 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Thanks for the post! We to at Liion have been keeping a close eye on these matters. It’s crazy to think that this is happening in our time. We need to pick up the ball that was dropped in our grandpa’s time.

    We stand with the 2A and you.

  7. JM March 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    She looks a little brain scrambled. Mongoloid like.

  8. Steven Jenkins March 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    I don’t know what country she is working for or what constitution she is TRYING to fight to uphold, but it sure is hell isn’t the one me and four generations of men and women in my family have fought to protect. She might as well have a swastika tattooed to her forehead. I honestly don’t thing she has any rational idea as to what she is trying to do. Once they start looking like her, they should have to take a competency exam to prove that they’re fit to keep their job.

  9. molon labe March 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    SHE SAID BAZOOKA!!!! LOL. what is this, 1942?

  10. Coachpan March 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Frankenstine is a commi !

  11. George Long March 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Bazooka!!! really? which museum is she going to get it from?

  12. deadhorse March 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Just another ignorant bitch that should be seen and not heard.

  13. Rugrash March 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    I’m proud that Cruz is my Senator. Feinstein, as she patronizingly informed Sen. Cruz, has been in the senate for 20+ years and that is part of the problem.

  14. mark March 21, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    I found it incredibly hilarious that Cruz continued to challenge her despite she lectured him that she’s not a 6th grader and has been in Senate for 20+ years without directly answering any part of the question asked, and then repeated. Good for him. I can’t wait to move to Texas.