|Here are the bullet points (sorry) on aggressive new gun control legislation Sen. Dianne Feinstein will introduce in early January, in the wake of the horrific Newtown mass shooting. Living up to the Rahm Emanuel maxim "never let a crisis go to waste," California's senior senator takes her the now-expired '94 assault weapons ban and super-charges it to cover more guns and more law-abiding Americans. Of course the ATF would also get more funding under this bill. (And we know what a good job that agency's done tracking guns in the past.)
A Washington Examiner column about Feinstein's own gun past is well worth a read. "In 1995 Feinstein admitted in a hearing before Congress that she applied for and got a license to carry a concealed gun when she and her family were threatened by terrorists. Feinstein stated to the Senate panel,
Because less than 20 years ago I was the target of a terrorist group. It was the New World Liberation Front. They blew up power stations and put a bomb at my home when my husband was dying of cancer. And the bomb didn't detonate. ... I was very lucky. But, I thought of what might have happened. Later the same group shot out all the windows of my home. And, I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself, because that's what I did. I was trained in firearms. I'd walk to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon. I made the determination that if somebody was going to try to take me out, I was going to take them with me."