You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. In the same vein, sometimes you have to break a few laws make a political point. Fortunately for California Senator Diane Feinstein, the doyenne of civilian disarmament, you don’t have to worry about breaking laws – even if they’re felonies – when you’re a member of the ruling class. If you want to put on a dog and pony show for the press – parading the scariest of black guns before the cameras in a never-ending campaign to abrogate Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms – all you need to do in D.C. is enlist the help of the Chief of Police. As Emily Miller reports at washingtontimes.com . . .
A week after a lobbyist emailed D.C. top cop Cathy Lanier asking for, “examples of assault weapons used in the worst incidents over the past few years,” DiFi’s press flack hit up the head of the D.C. Metro’s “Crime Scene Investigation Division, Keith Williams, for 10 specific firearm models used in high-profile mass shootings, including a Bushmaster XM-15, Tec-9 handgun, Smith & Wesson M&P15 and a Glock 19 with a ‘high-capacity magazine.’”
Since Cmdr. Williams did not have all the firearms the senator sought, (lobbyist Chuck) DeWitt asked Philadelphia police to provide the missing ones, which meant bringing “the P15 and the Glock extended magazine” to Washington.
All of these firearms are illegal in the city — even on federal property — owing to the District’s law banning rifles with a detachable magazine and such features as a pistol grip or folding stock and all firearms with a magazines capacity of more than 10 rounds.
And don’t think they didn’t know they were breaking the law, either. Feinstein’s spox, Tom Mentzer was very much aware:
Cmdr. Williams emailed Mr. Mentzer to put a “bug” in his ear that the police would “prefer that no mention of the fact that the weapons came from D.C. or were recovered by MPDC in the official language or speeches.” Mr. Mentzer replied, “By not mentioning where the weapons came from, we open ourselves up to the same charge against David Gregory.
Wouldn’t want that, would we? Wait, why would that have given him pause? Gregory, the NBC Meet the Press host who waived a D.C.-illegal 30-round magazine in Wayne LaPierre’s face, wasn’t prosecuted. Why would a sitting United States senator face a worse fate? Hell, she even got plenty help getting the guns onto Capitol Hill and into the Senate for her post-Newtown bloody shirt waving event.
The office of Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance W. Gainer coordinated bringing the illegal weapons onto Capitol Hill for Mrs. Feinstein’s dramatic Jan. 24 news conference introducing her new “assault weapons” ban.
Funny thing, though. The same kind of access was later denied Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham when they wanted to bring rifles to a judiciary committee hearing to demonstrate how arbitrary DiFi’s gun grab was. Probably just an unfortunate bureaucratic snafu.
Despite Chief Lanier’s best efforts, though, intrepid reporter Miller, through a Freedom of Information Act request, uncovered the uncomfortable provenance of the illegal firearms. Not to mention the help the Senior California Senator got in breaking the law from the District’s chief law enforcement officer, enabling DiFi’s ostentatious gun display for the unveiling of her doomed assault weapons ban.
The police stonewalling and cover-up are so that the public doesn’t find out that Chief Lanier enforces laws differently in the District, depending on whether you are a powerful liberal who opposes Second Amendment rights, like Mr. Gregory and Mrs. Feinstein, or an average American.
“Equal justice under law” is engraved on the frieze of the Supreme Court building in D.C. There probably wasn’t room up there to include the footnote excepting members of the ruling class and their friendly enablers in the media.