Late last month, a petition was submitted to the White House's "We the People" website that urges the president to try Democratic California Senator Dianne Feinstein for treason because "she does not believe in the Constitution."
Will Sen. Feinstein, an ardent supporter of banning assault weapons, be tried for treason? Likely not, but a petition seeking to try her for treason has surpassed the 25,000 threshold to receive an official response from the White House.
At the time of this writing, the petition, which was submitted Dec. 27, 2012, has garnered 29,438 signatures from across the country.
The White House petition states that the United States Constitution was written to restrain the federal government and the purpose of the Second Amendment was to defend the citizenry from a tyrannical government, a concept that has been uttered throughout the gun control debate since the tragic Sandy Hook shooting.
“Senator Dianne Feinstein has made it clear she does not believe in the Constitution or the inalienable rights of Americans to keep and bear arms,” the petition stated. “She is actively working to destroy the 2nd amendment with her 2013 assault weapons ban. For this reason we the people of the United States petition for her to be tried in Federal Court for treason to the Constitution.”
Feinstein’s legislation intends to cease the sale, manufacturing, importation and transferring of not only assault weapons but also large ammunition magazines, strips and drums that hold more than 10 rounds.
“I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation,” said Feinstein in a news release. “It will be carefully focused on the most dangerous guns that have killed so many people over the years while protecting the rights of gun owners by exempting hundreds of weapons that fall outside the bill’s scope. We must take these dangerous weapons of war off our streets.”
Although many of her opponents say she wants to ban guns completely, Feinstein has admitted that she has carried a concealed weapon for self-defense after being threatened by a terrorist group in the mid-1970s.
“I know the sense of helplessness that people feel,” explained Feinstein. “I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I walked to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon and I made the determination if somebody was going to try and take me out, I was going to take them with me.”
The “We the People” website has been quite popular over the past year. Some of the petitions have been answered, while many others have not, such as Texas seceding from the Union. One of the latest to garner a response was the petition to deport CNN host Piers Morgan.
“Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First,” wrote White House spokesperson Jay Carney. “President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. However, the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press — fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy.
“Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment — or any other matter of public concern.”