Have been aroused by the Outdoors Outpost column submitted by Kendal Hemphill on your January 20th edition. The thought of Senior (almost 80 years old) Senator Dianne Feinstein from the State of California, (my home State) born in San Francisco (also home of my birth) as the true source of the ban on weapons of minor destruction sticks in my craw. You see, in 1978 Dianne found the body of Harvey Milk, shot with a handgun in the office next to hers. 6 years later, as mayor of San Francisco, she authored a bill to ban all handguns in the city. One person, spurred by Special Interest Groups, fought by the “White Panther Party” begins a crusade. Having failed, this crusade is now a 30 year effort to rid her mind of the horrific scene she witnessed in 1978. As a senior Senator in Congress, in 1994 she authors a Federal Assault Weapons ban bill which expires in 2004. In 2013 she authors a new bill which we all know now as the item pushed by our President.
The 9/11 terrorist attacks upon the twin towers and the Pentagon were, according to the 9/11 Commission, made using plastic knives and utility blades. I see no-one from our congress in 12 years stepping forward to ban plastic knives or utility blades. I actually see no-one stepping forward and trying to ban all aircraft capable of doing the destruction accomplished on that day. Had Harvey Milk or Mayor George Moscone been done in with a bo9w and arrow, would Feinstein try to ban that weapon?
Consider banning box cutters. Or better yet, ban all boxes so there would be no need for box cutters. What then would we use to transport all of our goods? Plastic sacks? No, Austin has banned those and they can cause suffocation if placed over one’s head. What about paper sacks? Ah!!! The environmentalists would love that!! More trees, more mold, more allergies. What about Canvas bags? No as they are used to tie up, and throw animals in the river. Abraham Lincoln, in his brief Gettysburg Address, noted, “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”. Hemphill’s article addresses “the people”. It does not address “the person”. For all that has fallen upon us it is the personal agenda that will try to do us in but the people will out. Remember that Feinstein, for all her $200 million in assets (the same amount of weapons in the U.S.), she is but one person. The media, who escalates these issues is much like the organ grinder and his monkey on the corner. Throw a quarter and the monkey will dance a tune you will like.