Saturday, February 24, 2018     Volume: 18, Issue: 51
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Political Watch 2/22/18

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) addressed the tragic shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a day after the attack, on Feb. 15 from the floor of the U.S. Senate. Feinstein expressed condolences and grief to the families who lost children and family in the attack, and said, "But today grief and sorrow on our part is really not adequate, because for the past 25 years I have seen this committee do exactly that, and do nothing to put a stop to the weapons of war that are sold across our land to virtually all comers." On Feb. 16, Feinstein announced that she would introduce legislation to raise the age requirement for purchasing rifles from gun dealers from 18 to 21. The legislation would include high capacity rifles like those used in mass shootings. "If you can't buy a handgun or a bottle of beer, you shouldn't be able to buy an AR-15," she said in in a statement. "This is common sense, and I hope my Republican colleagues will join me in this effort." In her remarks in the Senate on Feb. 15, Feinstein pointed to her involvement in passing the original assault weapons ban, which exempted hunting rifles, and pointed to the development of assault rifles as reasons to update and pass legislation. "Now guns are more powerful. High-capacity magazines are now larger. An even bullets are more destructive," she said. "Police officers tell us how there's absolutely no reason for civilians, hunters or otherwise, to have weapons of war on our streets. And on and on it goes."

• After Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued 13 indictments of Russians and the Russia-linked Internet Research Agency on Feb. 16, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) issued a statement, saying that "this indictment reveals for the first time that both Russians and Americans were allegedly involved in this sophisticated attack on our democracy." Feinstein is the ranking member of the Senate's Committee on the Judiciary, which she has said is investigating President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice in regards to the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. In the statement issued on Feb. 16, Feinstein said that President Trump's "lack of leadership" and denial of the attack is "an issue of national security." "Special Counsel Mueller once again demonstrated that his investigation is serious, fact-based, and producing tangible results," she added. "While we still don't know the full extent of what Russia did or with whom they worked, one thing is clear: The Mueller investigation must be allowed to continue without interference or delay."

• The day following the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, Reps. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), Elizabeth Esty (D-Cheshire), and Don Beyer (D-Alexandria) called on Congress to pass the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, a bill that would allow family members or law enforcement officials to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from an individual in crisis. Carbajal spoke from the floor of the House of Representatives on Feb. 15, saying that "it is clear this horrific act of violence was perpetrated by an individual in crisis. I lost my older sister to suicide with a firearm at a young age. What I've learned since is that temporarily preventing people from having a gun while in a state of crisis saves lives. We are once again reminded that we have a responsibility to act in Congress to change things. We owe these families more than just our thoughts and prayers." The bill would ensure that a court can issue a "gun violence prevention warrant," allowing law enforcement to take possession of the firearms temporarily if the person is determined to be a threat to themselves or others, according to a release from Carbajal's office.




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