Sen. Dianne Feinstein Talks Guns and Games at San Francisco Gathering

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.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    "A fear has set in that if they vote for the bill they won’t be re-elected."

    If you're not willing to lose your job over doing the right thing, you have absolutely no business being a senator.


    Andrew Eisen

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    black manta says:

    Yeah, I'm a Liberal.  Not afraid to admit it.  But I never said that I believed restrictions of guns would stop criminals.  Never said anything of the kind there.

    But while I'm replying, I'm really sick of the straw-man argument of "If you criminalize guns, only the criminals will have guns."  I've never proposed the strict "criminalization" of guns.  I DO respect the 2nd Amendment.  And besides, it's unrealistic to think any new gun control legislation will totally prevent ALL gun-related crime.  Criminals are going to get their guns in some way if they want them badly enough.  I'll admit that.

    HOWEVER, what I think most people are in agreement on background checks.  Many DO believe they're too lax and too much of the wrong people are slipping through the (very large) cracks.  Particularly when it comes to the mentally ill who are, let's face it, perpetrating the vast majority of these mass shootings.  As I've said before, I've been disappointed that reforming the mental healthcare system hasn't been as much of a priority as gun control, but that's a whole other can of worms.

    That said, I think more stringent background checks as well as reducing high-capacity magazines is a pretty good start.

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    black manta says:

    While I agree with Sen. Feinstein that the NRA has been a major factor in obstructing gun control reform; acting pretty much like Mafiosi thugs in the way they intimidate politicians and anyone else who opposes them, I disagree with her assertion about games.

    As others have pointed out in the past, the sales of M-rated games have accounted for only a small percentage of total video game sales over the past years.  So even though it may seem that games the like of Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto or Gears of War are dominating the market, that's actually a distorted view of the whole gaming landscape.

    Also, as the recent FTC report showed, retailers have been doing a very good job of enforcing ratings at point of sale.  So there's really little, if anything, that the gaming industry needs to do.

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    axiomatic says:

    While I have the utmost respect for Senator Dianne Feinstein I disagree as personally I have been more moved to emotion (violent or other) by books / reading than I ever will over visual media.

    Again, video games are the "hot button de jour" and in my opinion taking undue focus away from the root of the problem which is that these people who go on a shooting rampage need psychiatric help. We don't need to waste money / resources anywhere else other than helping solve that issue with that person. 

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    Bigman-K says:

    Funny how it's the politicans who have the least respect for the Bill of Rights. Especially when it's supposed to be part of thier job to protect and uphold it.

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    BearDogg-X says:

    Note to the moron Feinstein: Congress can't do anything about fake "violence" in video games or any media, really, because the US Supreme Court said so and that's the bottom line.

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