The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday revealed that evidence was uncovered that not only is D.C. engaged in double-standards, but that the District of Columbia and Philadelphia police departments provided firearms to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to help her promote her "assault weapon" ban legislation in January.
The NRA also stated that the police agencies who gave Feinstein the weapons denied the same request from Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for firearms to be used in their presentations opposing the ban.
The evidence was uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Emily Miller, author of the new book, “Emily Gets Her Gun,” and reporter for the Washington Times that D.C. Police Chief, Cathy L. Lanier, while handing over the weapons to Feinstein’s office, wanted to make sure such information of the request never saw the light of day.
Miller found out when the Senate Sergeant at Arms told her that the firearms Feinstein used in her presentation had come from the D.C. and Philadelphia police departments.
Miller said, “Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier seems to think that gun-control laws don’t apply to the liberal elite. The police chief helped Sen. Dianne Feinstein acquire “assault weapons,” which are illegal to possess in the District, for a news conference early this year to promote a ban on these firearms… then tried to cover up the police involvement.”
Miller's request also revealed that Lanier was not pleased the information got out of her involvement and that Miller found out about her liberal biased political agenda.
The request showed communication between Lanier and Philadelphia police chief Charles Ramsey in which Lanier said, "This is exactly why I didn't want to participate," Lanier said, adding, "We will not participate again." Lanier also separately complained to the lobbyist who helped Feinstein's office obtain the firearms, saying "So much for our agreement to keep things quiet. Unfortunately this will be the next tail wagging our dog for weeks."
Miller also said that Feinstein’s staff was glowing in happiness that Cruz's and Graham's similar request was denied.
Miller said that the FOIA papers show that a Feinstein staff member saying, “I was gratified to hear Sen. Cruz and Graham complaining that getting weapons into their hearing today was ‘unworkable,’” Mr. Mentzer emailed Cmdr. Williams and another officer with a news story about the Republicans not being able bring in even a legal rifle. “I find you guys ENTIRELY practical, for the record.”
While Obama and the Democrats will not be backing down from pushing through gun control, at least for now, secrecy can still be unlocked through the FOIA as Miller proved.
Nevertheless, for the D.C. Police Chief, it is unlikely she will do such an act and think it won’t be uncovered again and the NRA hopes that will be the case as well.
“Fortunately, Lanier's deck-stacking in favor of Feinstein was not enough for the Senate's most fanatical gun-prohibitionist to prevail. Feinstein's legislation was defeated by a wide margin,” the NRA stated.
“We can only hope that, with her bias in this episode having been revealed, Lanier will perform her duties in a more even-handed, less-biased manner when handling requests from members of Congress in the future.”
For those that are not aware, Emily Miller, wrote a book that details the grueling process she endured to legally take possession of her handgun following the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008.