I was thinking about the mess with California Senator Leland Yee today, and the way in which things are handled in politics.
Just last year, Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused Edward Snowden of treason for leaking NSA secrets. Pelosi is the Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives and was Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011. Earlier this year, Pelosi called allegations of the CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee “pretty appalling.”
Back up for a second there…
Pelosi claims it’s entirely acceptable for the NSA to spy on everyday Americans, the vast majority of whom are complying with the law.
Yet this week, staunch anti-gun advocate and California State Senator Leland Yee (D-CA) was indicted on weapons charges. He was arraigned on seven charges of corruption and firearms trafficking. Wow, if anyone needed a connection between organized crime and gun control, Yee served it up to them on a platter. This is the same Senator who was so concerned with “legal loopholes” (his wording) that he wanted to ban “bullet buttons.” If you live in a normal state, a bullet button is a device that prevents you from swapping magazines in a semi-automatic rifle or shotgun without a tool (bullets of the respective caliber can often be used as that tool, hence the name). Basically Yee wanted to make nearly every existing semi-automatic rifle in California illegal (maybe he was running out of machine guns to push and figured semi-autos had a better profit margin).
Yee is accused of trafficking in “illegal guns”—meaning full-auto machine guns (constructed after May of 1986 in accordance with federal law; or practically all machine guns in some states, like California). This is the same man who spoke of the dangers of “unregulated guns.”
If the accusations are true, I believe Yee is guilty of treason. He worked to defeat the rights of American citizens while putting incredible firepower on the streets.
Obviously he had no qualms about putting guns in criminals’ hands…nor taking them from everyday citizens. This is how you create an environment of fear and drive people to the “protection” of government.