April 27, 1995, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) spoke at the US Senate hearing on terrorism shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing. During the hearing, she referenced her concealed carry permit and how she carried a gun with her in the 1970′s, citing the urge to arm yourself for protection — in her case from threats. She states: “I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I walked to the hospital when my husband was sick. I
carried a concealed weapon and I made the determination if somebody was
going to try and take me out, I was going to take them with me.”
For a little more background on the environment she was dealing with
in the 70s, Feinstein was elected to the San Francisco Board of
Supervisors in 1970. In 1978, Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor
Harvey Milk were assassinated. Dianne Feinstein was the first to
discover the shootings. It was then that she succeeded Moscone as mayor.
With all that violence being targeted at the politicians in that city
at that time, it is understandable that she would get trained,
licensed, and carry a firearm. I don’t blame her, and she should have
But look at what is happening here. Senator Feinstein is a member of
the political class and in that climate she had every right to defend
herself. However, she wants us little people (aka, Mr and Mrs America)
to be subjected to a blanket ban on firearms.