Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said that the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun manufacturers are to blame for what she categorized as the "disconnect between the broad public support for gun control and the reluctance in Congress" to support legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines." Feinstein made her comments at a gathering of about 500 people in San Francisco on Wednesday.
She went on to tell the crowd that the NRA had managed to intimidate senators in more conservative states (where gun ownership is a serious matter) with threats that it would spend a lot of money to unseat them if they supported the restrictions Feinstein put forward in a bill in December. The bill was in response to the December school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“A fear has set in that if they vote for the bill they won’t be re-elected. It’s that plain, it’s that simple,” Feinstein said during her appearance before the Commonwealth Club. “My view is they shouldn’t go up to the Senate if they are unwilling to stand up and vote.”
She did not mention any senators by name, but ticked off a long list of southern and western states, from Montana and Wyoming to Tennessee and Florida, where the threats would be most successful.
Feinstein added that she plans to continue to fight for gun control.
On the topic of video game and movie violence and their correlation to real-world acts of violence, Feinstein thinks the games industry needs to do more on a voluntary basis without the need for any new laws. One thing she hopes is that those who create entertainment will stop glorifying the use of "big, powerful guns" or Congress might have to step in and do something about it.
Video games play "a very negative role for young people, and the industry ought to take note of that," she said. "If Sandy Hook doesn’t do it, if the knowledge of these video games this young man played doesn’t, then maybe we have to proceed, but that is in the future."
You can read the rest of her remarks on gun control, entertainment self-censorship, using drones, and the NRA's response to her gun control comments in CBS 5 KPIX report.
Source: CBS 5 KPIX - thanks to Bryan Smith for the tip.