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Chuck Schumer is better than you…

posted at 4:00 pm on July 22, 2009 by

…of course. After all, the illustrious senator from New York helped strike down the monstrous reciprocity attachment to the defense authorization bill. The piece of legislation would have applied across-the-board legitimacy for people with the right to carry a concealed firearm in their own state to do so in any other state that also allows citizens to carry a concealed weapon.

As it stands, the honoring of your permit varies from state to state, which requires you to keep a careful list of what states you can practice your second amendment rights in. This would have eliminated that, allowing anyone with a CCW to carry a concealed weapon to protect themselves, except in Illinois and Wisconsin where we know that guns are the devil.

Well…there is one minor detail about concealed carry. It’s difficult to get a permit in some states if you live in big cities, like, oh, New York City, where Chucky lives. You basically have to be rich or have connections to afford one. So, actually, this piece of legislation would have helped all of Chucky’s constituents to defend themselves since their city believes they’re too worthless to be trusted with constitutional rights. After all, who really needs to carry a gun and play cowboy? Oh…

At the same time, there are outspoken opponents of gun ownership, such as Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who are carrying concealed weapons [disputed re Feinstein; see update below -- Ed], according to WABC Radio’s Mark Levin. Levin, a recognized constitutional expert, heads the Landmark Legal Foundation. The LLF’s goal is to protect American’s from unreasonable and illegal government intrusions and violations of the US Constitution, including the Second Amendment.

Not only does Schumer carry a handgun, the New York City Police Department also provides armed escorts for the good senator. In fact, the Government Accounting Office — the investigative arm of the US Congress — slammed Schumer’s use of police resources for personal protection. It’s clear that Schumer believes he’s special. He wishes to ban private citizens’ ownership of firearms, while he enjoys layers of protection.

“No wonder Chuckie Schumer shoots his mouth off so much — he’s able to protect himself,” says a 25-year police veteran.

Hey Chucky? Thanks a bundle, you cowardly little bastard.

Edit: By the way, this quote just bugged the hell out of me.

“The passage of this amendment would have done more to threaten the safety of New Yorkers than anything since the repeal of the assault weapons ban.”

Hmmm…

NY SAFEST OF ALL BIG CITIES – June 3, 2009 headline

Just look at that. All because the assault weapons ban died. What a shame.

Update (Ed): I have received a statement from Senator Feinstein’s office:

“MadisonConservative’s” post about the failure of the Thune Amendment repeats the false claim that Senator Feinstein has a concealed weapons permit. This is completely untrue.

Edit: If Feinstein’s office denies that she currently holds a concealed weapons permit, then it may be true. However, according to a statement she made on April 27, 1995, she has carried concealed weapons in the past for her protection:

“And, 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’d walk to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon. I made the determination that if somebody was going to try to take me out, I was going to take them with me.”

Even the Daily Kos’s own personal wiki states this:

Feinstein is a strong proponent of gun control, yet is known to have carried concealed handguns herself with a normally nearly impossible to obtain California carry permit – few people, other than politicians and celebrities, are able to obtain California CCW permits. At one time, she was the only person in San Francisco to possess a concealed carry permit.

Given that she’s a true blue liberal, I’m not sure why one of the most prominent liberal voices on the internet would spread this bit of info if it wasn’t true(screenshot saved, by the way).

This is not meant to call into question the legitimacy of Feinstein’s fears at the time she chose to carry that concealed weapon. This is calling into question her judgment that no one else should have the ability to feel the same sense of security she felt by being able to defend herself.

Updated: Confirmation. She had the permit in the 1970s. She claims she destroyed the gun after the threat was over with, which would also make her permit likely to be long since expired, and doesn’t own firearms anymore.

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“MadisonConservative’s” post about the failure of the Thune Amendment repeats the false claim that Senator Feinstein has a concealed weapons permit. This is completely untrue.

Let’s look at the point differently. Does she own a firearm? If so, does she ever pack it?

ericdijon on July 22, 2009 at 8:16 PM

I was unfamiliar with this lack of gun permit reciprocity in the country and its nightmarish consequences on traveling permit holders. It seems ridiculous that there is not some minimal uniform standard that all states must respect with traveling permit holders.

And yes, of course Chuck Schumer is better than you. As long as that means he’s better at altering federal legislation to suit his own narrow interests. But other than that, he’s no better than toxic waste that requires safe handling and disposal procedures. According to certain minimal national standards.

Loxodonta on July 22, 2009 at 10:19 PM

The piece of legislation would have applied across-the-board legitimacy for people with the right to carry a concealed firearm in their own state to do so in any other state that also allows citizens to carry a concealed weapon.

A little off topic observation. Or not, you decide.

Wasn’t

across-the-board legitimacy for people

one of the “KEY” points of getting “one state” to accept gay marriage?

If one state recognized gay marriage legitimate, then all states must recognized gay marriage as legitimate, otherwise what happens when a married gay couple move to another state?

DSchoen on July 22, 2009 at 11:48 PM

Yeah. Off-topic.

MadisonConservative on July 23, 2009 at 1:04 AM

Looks like MadCon hit a nerve.

TheUnrepentantGeek on July 23, 2009 at 11:24 AM

She claims she destroyed the gun

We can all rest easier. Why, I once picked up a pebble from the beach and you could just feel the difference.

ericdijon on July 23, 2009 at 6:26 PM