When writing anti-gun legislation, prudent politicians will always keep the personal wants, needs and safety of themselves and the people who protect them first in mind by exempting themselves from their terrible ideas. Such is the case with Dianne Feinstein’s “assault weapons ban” bill:
Finally, the bill includes a number of exemptions: It exempts more than 2,200 hunting and sporting weapons; any gun manually operated by a bolt, pump, lever or slide action; any weapons used by government officials and law enforcement; and any weapons legally owned as of the date of the bill’s enactment.
Why the need to exempt government officials? Hasn’t Feinstein heard that the best weapon for personal protection is the ol’ double barrel shotgun, which isn’t on the list of guns specified in the legislation?
Speaking of hypocrites, the Daily Caller had a flashback to 1986 about a former bodyguard for one of the biggest gun control proponents ever to stumble down the halls of Congress — Ted Kennedy:
“Sen. Edward Kennedy’s private bodyguard, hired for a trip to South America, was arrested last week when he arrived at the Capitol with two submachine guns and ammunition, officials said Tuesday,” according to UPI.
“The bodyguard was identified as Charles Stein, 47, a former police officer in San Fernando, Calif., who has worked for the Massachusetts Democrat in the past, providing security on overseas trips. He was released on his own recognizance after appearing in court,” according to UPI.
“Police, however, confiscated the two submachine guns — an Italian Beretta and an Israeli Uzi — and 146 rounds of ammunition. They also detained Stein, charging him with possession of weapons without a license. … The Washington Post quoted a source who said of the weapons, ‘We’re talking a small army,’” according to UPI.
It’s okay though, because Ted was a government official and their lives are far more valuable and worth defending than yours or mine. They tell us that every day. It’s as true today as it was in 1986.