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Senate Proceeding on Feb 26th, 2009 :: 2:09:20 to 2:24:00
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John Thune

2:09:15 to 2:09:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Thune: and takes the approach that all guns for all people at all times

Dianne Feinstein

2:09:20 to 2:24:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein

2:09:22 to 2:09:42( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: is called for by the heller decision. it is not and i strongly disagree. we've all seen the tragic consequences of gun violence. the massacre of students nearby at virginia tech university in 2007. the murders of columbine high school in colorado. the north hollywood shootout

Dianne Feinstein

2:09:43 to 2:10:03( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: where bank robbers carrying automatic weapons and shoot armor-piercing bullets shot ten los angeles police department s.w.a.t. officers and seven civilians before being stopped were afternoon and we have seen criminal street gangs able to buy weapons at gun shows and out of the back seats of trunks

Dianne Feinstein

2:10:04 to 2:10:24( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: of automobiles. we've seen their bullets kill hundreds, if not thousands of people across this great land -- men, women and children. i rember one case in the san francisco bay area not long ago where a youngster taking a piano lesson in a home had a bullet

Dianne Feinstein

2:10:25 to 2:10:46( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: from a gang member pierce the wall of the home, cut his spine and today he is a paraplegic. that's unbelievable for me to think the ease with which people can buy weapons as senator schumer said, if this becomes law even if you can't

Dianne Feinstein

2:10:47 to 2:11:08( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: see, even if you can't pass a sight test, you have access to that's not what this nation should be. these incidents and the gun violence that occurs every day across this country show us that we should be doing more, not less, but more to keep guns out

Dianne Feinstein

2:11:09 to 2:11:29( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill and not giving themnfettered access to firearms. it's worth this amendment goes in repealing d.c. law. and just how unsafe it will make the streets of this capitol. here's what it would do: it would repeal d.c.'s ban on semi

Dianne Feinstein

2:11:30 to 2:11:50( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: automatic weapons including assault weapons. if this amendment becomes law, military-style assault weapons with high-capacity ammunition magazines will be allowed to be stockpiled in homes and businesses in the district even near federal buildings like the

Dianne Feinstein

2:11:51 to 2:12:11( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: white house and the capitol. even the 50 caliber sniper with a range of over one mile will be allowed in d.c. under this amendment. this is a weapon capable of firing rounds that can penetrate concrete and armor plating. and at least one model of the 50

Dianne Feinstein

2:12:12 to 2:12:33( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: caliber sniper rifle is easily concealed and one gun manufacturer describes this model as "least weight and tactical weapon and capable of being collapsed and carried in to a very small inconspicuous back acknowledge." is this what we want to do?

Dianne Feinstein

2:12:34 to 2:12:54( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: there is simply no good reason why anyon needs semi automatic military-style assault weapons in an urban community. it is unfathomable to me the same rifle used by our armed forces will be permitted in the nation's capitol yet this is exactly what this amendment

Dianne Feinstein

2:12:55 to 2:13:15( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: would allow if passed by the senate. next, the amendment would repeal existing federal antigun trafficking laws. for years, federal law has banned gun dealers from selling handguns directly to out of state buyers who are not licensed firearms dealers.

Dianne Feinstein

2:13:16 to 2:13:37( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: this has helped the fight against illegal interstate gun trafficking. and has prevented criminals from traveling to other states to buy guns. that's consequential. senator ensign's amendment repeals this long-standing federal law and allows d.c. residents to cross state lines

Dianne Feinstein

2:13:38 to 2:13:59( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: to buy handguns in neighboring states. illegal gun traffickers will be able to easily obtain large quantities of firearms outside of d.c. and then distribute those gun to criminals in d.c. and surrounding states. and no one -- no one -- should be so naive to say they don't do

Dianne Feinstein

2:14:00 to 2:14:22( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: that because they do. the amendment repeals d.c. law restricting the ability of dangerous and unqualified people to obtain guns. the amendment also repeals many of the gun regulations that the supreme court sai were

Dianne Feinstein

2:14:23 to 2:14:44( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: completely appropriate after heller. so all of those who will vote for so thinking they complying with heller. because that is not the case. this is part of a march forward by gun interests inhis country to begin to remove

Dianne Feinstein

2:14:45 to 2:15:05( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: commonsense regulation and no one should think that it is anything else. this would repeal the d.c. prohibition on persons under the age of 21 from possessing firearms, and it repeals all age limits for the possession of long guns, including asiewlt

Dianne Feinstein

2:15:06 to 2:15:28( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: weapons. do we really want -- we 11-year-old who had a reduced barrel on recently kill somebody with it. is this what we want to see all over the united ability of virtually anyone obtaing a firearm, regardless

Dianne Feinstein

2:15:29 to 2:15:51( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: i don't think so. the amendment even repeals the d.c. law prohibiting gun possession by people who have poor vision. i heard senator schumer speak about this on the floor yesterday unbelievly, under this amendment, the district would be

Dianne Feinstein

2:15:52 to 2:16:13( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: barred from having any vision requirement for gun use, even if someone is blind. is this the kind of public policy we want to make for nation? is this how co-opted this body is to the nional rifle association and others? i hope not.

Dianne Feinstein

2:16:14 to 2:16:34( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: i mean, look, one of the reasons we have six-year terms is to be able to make difficult decisions, and there is no higher charge than the protection of the people of t united states from attack, wherever that attack comes from. we should protect individuals,

Dianne Feinstein

2:16:35 to 2:16:55( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and the way w protecting individuals is by enacting public policy that is prudent, that is reasonable, and that is common sense. and i say this amendment is neither of the above. -- excuse me, is above.

Dianne Feinstein

2:16:56 to 2:17:16( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: carefully about this because if this amendment succeeds, trust me, the march will be on. you know, i introduced the assault weapons legislation, and i survived. i had an election in 1994, just after i had introduced it. i survived.

Dianne Feinstein

2:17:17 to 2:17:37( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: the people of my state want commonsense gun control. they don't want local jurisdictions wiped out of any ability to enact prudent regulation. u know, the presiding officer is in the chair. one of her colleagues -- husband -- going home on the long-island home was shot and killed by

Dianne Feinstein

2:17:38 to 2:18:00( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: someone who in my view never should have had a weapon. how many of these do we have to have? how many businesses with people who are mentally ill, who walk in, have a grudge against an employee and kill six, seven, eight, nine, ten? how many schools do we have to

Dianne Feinstein

2:18:01 to 2:18:23( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: have where aggrieved students go out and acquire the most powerful weapons and come in and in cafeterias, in libraries, in classrooms a vote for this amendment, any way you look at it, makes ts easier to happen.

Dianne Feinstein

2:18:24 to 2:18:45( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and it. i will never forget many years ago, even before i was mayor, walking into the robbery of a corner grocery store. and when people die of the wounds, it's not the way it is on television or in the movies. and i saw brain matter all over the walls.

Dianne Feinstein

2:18:46 to 2:19:08( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and i saw the husband, the proprietor, the wife, the proprietor. this individual that came in even shot the dog. people are capable of terrible criminality, and we should not aid and abet that criminality by making their access to weapons so very easy.

Dianne Feinstein

2:19:09 to 2:19:31( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and, as i say, this is the first step in march to see that there is no ability to enact prudent regulation throughout the united states. so i ask every colleague, before you vote for this, think about the people you represent and whether society is going to be

Dianne Feinstein

2:19:32 to 2:19:52( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: safer because of your voter the environment is going to be much more difficult for them. how deep have we sunk in catering to these interests? for shame. the amendment before this body repeals all firearm registratio

Dianne Feinstein

2:19:53 to 2:20:13( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: requirements in the district. it repeals all registration requirements for firearms, making it even more difficult for law enforcement to trace guns used in crimes and track down the registered owner. the amendment repeals all existing safe storage laws and

Dianne Feinstein

2:20:14 to 2:20:34( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: prohibits the district from enacting any additional safe storage law. after the heller decision, the district passed emergency legislation to allow guns to be unlocked for self-defense but requiring that they otherwise be kept locked to keep guns out of

Dianne Feinstein

2:20:35 to 2:20:56( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: the hands of children and criminals. we all ought to want that. the ensign amendment repeals even this modest limitation and prevents the district of columbia city council from enacting any law that discou -- that discourages -- that's a

Dianne Feinstein

2:20:57 to 2:21:17( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: word -- gun ownership or requires safe storage of firearms. how can you actively, in the capital of the united states, where we've had so many tragic events, how can we possibly do this? this is simply ridiculous, and

Dianne Feinstein

2:21:18 to 2:21:39( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: court's ruling in heller. so think about what this means. consider that every major gun manufacturer recommends that guns be kept unloaded, locked, and kept in a safe place. but under this district could not enact any

Dianne Feinstein

2:21:40 to 2:22:02( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: legislation requiring that guns be stored in a safe place, even in homes with children. how can anyone believe that this broad-brush amendment is the right thing to do? how can any of us believe that it provides protection for the people we represent?

Dianne Feinstein

2:22:03 to 2:22:25( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: it doesn't prevent people from legally -- the regulations in d.c. are important and don't do a lot of things that i won't go into right now. now, let me make one other point. the american people clearly do not agree with this amendment. last fall, when a virtually identicabill was being

Dianne Feinstein

2:22:26 to 2:22:47( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: considered in the house of representatives, a national poll found that 69% of americans pose congress passing a law to eliminate the district's gun laws. 69%. that's about as on any controversial issue.

Dianne Feinstein

2:22:48 to 2:23:11( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: additionally, 60% of americans believe that washington will become less safe, if congress takes this step. is this what we want? do we want the capital of the united states of america to become less safe? i don't think so. so today, if this vote comes to

Dianne Feinstein

2:23:12 to 2:23:33( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: pass and wins in this senate, it will directly move against the wishes of the american people, and it will do so not because it's good public policy but to placate the national rifle association. i say, for shame. as a former mayor who saw

Dianne Feinstein

2:23:34 to 2:23:54( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: firsthand what happens when guns fall in the juveniles, and the mentally ill, i believe this amendment places the families of the district of columbia in great jeopardy. the amendment puts innoce lives at stake. it's an affront to the public safety of the district.

Dianne Feinstein

2:23:55 to 2:24:01( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: it's an affront to local home rule. this isn't just a bad amendment;

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