January 11, 2013
National Journal – The political careers of McCarthy, now a congresswoman, and Feinstein, now a senator, were forged in the crucible of gun violence. The assassinations of Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone vaulted Feinstein, then the president of the city’s Board of Supervisors, into the mayor’s office. The 1993 mass killings in New York pushed McCarthy out of private life and into the limelight; she ran for Congress three years later and won.
Now, as Congress considers new limits on firearms in the wake of the gruesome killing of 20 elementary-school children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., the two Democrats have emerged as the body’s fiercest advocates of new gun laws. Together, they hope their unique bond and a shifting national consciousness could spur the first significant gun restrictions in almost two decades.
January 7, 2013
LA Times – Deukmejian said, he supports U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s current effort to reinstate the federal assault weapons ban that existed for 10 years until Congress let it expire in 2004.
“There’s no logical reason for anybody to own an assault weapon,” he said.
January 2, 2013
KPCC – Senator Feinstein has sent out an e-mail blast, asking supporters to sign a petition to back her ban on assault weapons. Feinstein says she wants to show “how much public support is behind” such a ban.
Feinstein says it isn’t about taking away anyone’s constitutional right to bear arms: “This is about removing weapons of war from our businesses, movie theaters and schools.”