Speier: Yee case proves need for gun control

Amid the cries of rank hypocrisy accompanying state Sen. Leland Yee – a staunch gun-control advocate – being charged by federal authorities with conspiracy to traffic guns, a Bay Area congresswoman says Yee’s case proves the need for stricter gun control.

Jackie Speier“This FBI investigation of Leland Yee reveals how easy it is to import lethal assault weapons that were previously banned,” Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, said in a statement released Wednesday. “This case should be a warning to us all that even the most trusted appearing among us are ready to do real harm. Since Congress can pass no meaningful gun control laws, even after the mass killing in Newtown, President Obama should use his pen to slow the import of these weapons, which have no place in our homes.”

Speier says a ban on imported assault weapons was first imposed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989 and strengthened by President Bill Clinton, but lapsed under President George W. Bush and is no longer enforced.

That didn’t seem to be a factor in Yee’s alleged crimes, so far as one can tell from the affidavit filed by the FBI.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Incredibly stupid statement

  • Steven Penser

    Right, real easy. Like the normal citizen has the power to broker a deal with muslim brotherhood for fully auto weapons and rocket launchers, when what YOU call an assault weapon is a semi auto AR 15. Not apples/apples. When you speak of assault weapon, you mean the semi auto version of the military styled gun. This run around is getting old.

  • greyjedi

    Just another case of someone trying to promote their agenda by tying together completely unrelated things. Ignorance and hypocrisy running amok

  • JohnW

    “Assault weapon” is just a generic, short-hand way of naming these military-style weapons. Most everybody understands the civilian version is not fully-automatic. That fact is beside the point.

    The other day, somebody on this board pointed out that the Detroit Police Chief differs with most of his big city peers in that he advocates concealed carry for self-defense. So, nobody would call him anti-Second Amendment or ignorant. However, despite his support for concealed carry, he still favors a ban on “assault weapons” and uses that terminology. I’m pretty sure he knows they are semi-automatic.

  • Elwood

    Unfortunately, when Jackie was shot in Jonestown it affected her brain.

  • AnonymouseIsAWoman

    Jackie Speier apparently feels that politicians who smuggle banned products have too small a market, and she feels a need to increase income opportunities for her fellow legislators. It would seem that she has become aware that the demand for machine guns and rocket launchers just isn’t enough for all politicians to fund themselves.
    Anyone else see the part where she tried to claim that the AWB was passed by Republicans in 1989, not during the Clinton regime in 1994.
    I am convinced that the Democratic politicians in this state are either completely corrupt, ignorant, or stupid – or they think the voters are.