March 20, 2013
California Democrat and author of the most aggressive assault on the Second Amendment in U.S. history, Dianne Feinstein, lashed out at her colleagues yesterday after Senate Majority leader Harry Reid decided not to include her proposals in a larger and more comprehensive anti-gun bill.
“This is very important to me,” Feinstein told CNN. “And I’m not going to lay down and play dead. I think the American people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation. It’s aimed to protect children, to protect schools and malls…. Not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust, as I would see it.”
“What Sen. Reid told me is that I would have an opportunity for a vote,” she added. “I take him at his word. I told him also that it would be my intention to separate out the prohibition on the future manufacture, transfer, sales, possession of large ammunition-feeding devices of more than 10 bullets. I asked him if this could be part of a package. He said, ‘No.’ And I took away from that meeting the belief that we would have a vote on the full bill, and a vote on ammunition-feeding devices of more than 10 bullets.”
In addition to stripping Feinstein’s so-called assault weapons ban and a measure outlawing “high-capacity magazines,” a proposal for universal background checks supported by many Democrats may also be removed from the bill due to strong opposition by Republicans.