Sen. Dianne Feinstein did not even wait until rigor mortis set in on Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis before calling for gun control measures on Monday. It makes sense that she would jump at any opportunity to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights, given that she thinks all of us are potential terrorists who must be under constant surveillance.

Here’s what The New York Times said on June 6 as the extent of the NSA’s spying scandal began to unfold:

Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it. That is one reason we have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by members of Congress who mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers. …

A senior administration official quoted in The Times online Thursday afternoon about the Verizon order offered the lame observation that the information does not include the name of any caller, as though there would be the slightest difficulty in matching numbers to names. …

The defense of this practice offered by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who as chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is supposed to be preventing this sort of overreaching, was absurd. She said on Thursday that the authorities need this information in case someone might become a terrorist in the future.

You. Might. Be. A. Terrorist. In. The. Future. (So Diane Feinstein and the feds should therefore be able to spy on you.)

Now that we have a better idea of what Diane Feinstein thinks of her fellow Americans, her gun control comments are more likely to appear in their proper context:

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is renewing her call for new gun-control laws because of Monday’s deadly Navy Yard shooting.

“When will enough be enough?” Feinstein said in a statement Monday evening.

“Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country,” she said. “We must do more to stop this endless loss of life.” …

“This is one more event to add to the litany of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons — including a military-style assault rifle — and kill many people in a short amount of time,” Feinstein said.

As it stands, Diane Feinstein advocates ‘Minority Report’ tactics to watch people who might become terrorists … in the future, and she thinks stripping away shotguns, semi-automatic rifles and pistols from the American people will keep “deranged” psychopaths from occasionally committing horrific crimes.

Just to hammer home to how dangerous to the country men and women like Diane Feinstein are, I will again quote The New York Times:Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it.

There are existential threats to the Constitutional Republic our founders fought and died for, but none of them include random guys with mental problems who snap and go on suicide missions.

The Constitution Center frames the debate nicely:

There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.” The brevity of that response should not cause us to under-value its essential meaning: democratic republics are not merely founded upon the consent of the people, they are also absolutely dependent upon the active and informed involvement of the people for their continued good health.

Sen. Diane Feinstein doesn’t want you informed (even though she wants access to all of your phone records). She wants you armed solely with emotion and she wants you to channel fear and anger in a way that will put more power into her hands. You generally have a one-way ratchet when it comes to increasing the size and scope of the federal government, and the people who think you might be a terrorist “in the future” know it.

Dianne Feinstein is more dangerous to America than men and women with rifles will ever be. It doesn’t matter what her intentions are if the practical effect of the public policy she supports is that she serves as an architect of tyranny. In the weeks on months ahead she will continue her attempts to erode your Second Amendment rights, and it is your responsibility to intellectually and politically stop her in her tracks.

About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.


  1. She is a nut, to be sure. And it doesn’t surprise me that she’s exploiting this tragedy to promote gun control, since she’s been one of its biggest cheerleaders for years. I think people like her are disgusting, exploiting tragedies like these to advance their own agendas.

  2. In 1982, San Francisco passed an ordinance banning handguns (it was later overturned because a court ruled that gun control in California came under state law, and that local governments-cities and counties-did not have the authority to enact laws on the subject). Then-Mayor Feinstein made a big show of turning in her revolver to the police chief. But, here’s the thing: she turned in one handgun. According to her gun permit, she owned two.

  3. We need laws to prevent a plumber in Atlanta from owning an AR-15 or Mini-14, since he might shoot the Avon lady after mistaking her for an intruder. A nurse in Los Angeles can’t carry a five-shot .38, since she’s an idiot who would mistake a harmless panhandler for a mugger. And a farmer in Kansas can’t have a WWII surplus M1 carbine, since he might become a terrorist in the future. But those same American citizens have to pay federal taxes so that the government can supply “light weapons,” ammunition, and rocket launchers (“anti-tank weapons”) to the cannib- er, that is, “freedom fighters” in Syria.

  4. Carl, the anti-gun activists even have a playbook for “exploiting tragedies to advance their own agendas.” A manual prepared by the firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research says: “The debate over gun violence is periodically punctuated by high profile incidents including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, the Trayvon Martin killing, Aurora, and Oak Creek. When an incident such as these attracts media attention, it creates a unique climate for our communications efforts. We should rely on emotionally powerful language and images. The most powerful time to communicate is when emotions are running at their peak.” The list of high profile gun violence incidents did not include Sandy Hook, because the manual was published before that tragedy.

    1. Indeed, Tom. I had read about that earlier today. Their slimy tactics are right out of the Alinsky playbook: “never let a crisis go to waste.”

  5. Great piece DE.

    Your use of the phrase “…a one way ratchet..” made me think of fascist nurse ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, a perfect anagram of Feinstein.

    1. Thanks for the read, as always sasoc. Speaking of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, I read that Jack Nicholson has quietly retired from film because he’s having memory issues related to his age. Sad news…

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