The above remark by Senator Feinstein is an example of the disinformed idiocy that currently passes for thinking in Washington DC. To suggest that veterans, who have proven their ability to handle weapons with effective precision in our defense, are incapable of handling weapons and should be "protected" from harming themselves and others is the height of ludicrously.
And to suggest that such "protection" should be the role of government is the height of treason. What part, Senator, of "shall not be infringed" are you incapable of understanding?
Nor is Senator Feinstein an isolated nutcase. Her fellow Senator Charles Schumer of New York said on CBS following the Newton Connecticut massacre: "I think we could be at a tipping point, a tipping point where we might actually get something done [on gun control]."
Even normally sensible Senator Joe Lieberman is on record as saying: "... the stronger our gun control laws are, the fewer acts of violence including mass violence that will happen in our society."
And Clinton's Attorney General Janet Reno stated the Washington DC position very clearly when she said, "Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal"
And the most succinct policy statement has got to be Barack Obama's 1990 comment at the University of Chicago law school: “I don’t believe people should to be able to own guns.”
Typically, this liberal attitude focuses on idealism to the exclusion of pesky facts.—such facts as are detailed in the 2007 FBI Crime Report:
"The nation's murder rate is near a 40 year low and the number of privately owned guns in the US is at an all-time high and rising by about 4.5 million annually. Right-to-Carry States had lower violent crime rates on the average than the rest of the country. Total violent crime in Right-to-Carry States was 24% lower; murder 28% lower; robbery 50% lower; and aggravated assault 11% lower. The cities with the highest murder rates were cities with severe gun control."
"But, Hey. It may not be true, but doggone it, it should be. So we're charging ahead anyway."
Of course, even the factual argument that "gun control" increases crime pales in comparison to the overriding argument that it is un-Constitutional. In his 2008 opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, Justice Antonio Scalia wrote:
"The very text of the Second Amendment implicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it 'shall not be infringed.'"
So, what can we do to protect ourselves from the mindless assaults of the Washington Nazis? The answer is in the Tenth Amendment to the 1787 pre-Constitution (the Tenth Article of the Bill of Rights) – nullification.
Since 2009, when the Montana legislature passed the Montana Firearms Freedom act, 10 more States have passed laws nullifying federal firearms legislation, and more than 25 other States have proposed such laws.
In Texas, HB 1076, a bill nullifying all federal firearms regulations, got hung up in committee during the last session. We in the Lone Star State are working hard to get it passed by the 2015 legislature. If your State is not one of the 11 who have already passed nullification, I would suggest you start working with your legislature to get it done.