That, anyway, is the only conclusion consistent with the "logic" she articulated Sunday morning on CBS's Face the Nation (emphasis added):
Having said that, the weapon was a .223 MP15, the MP stands for military and police, clearly designed not for general consumption, but through practice now general consumption. Same gun that was used at Aurora. Would I do a bill? Sure I would do a bill. I mean I believe this down deep in my soul.
The notion of Feinstein's possession of a soul is a debate for another day. Let's instead look at her contention that by naming the rifle model the M&P15, with M&P standing for "military and police," Smith and Wesson is tacitly acknowledging that this firearm is appropriate only for the government's hired muscle.
What a peculiar idea. Smith and Wesson, keep in mind, has put "military and police" into the names of lots of guns, including revolvers, dating all the way back to 1899, with the Model 10, once named the Smith & Wesson Military & Police.
Similarly, an iconic Colt revolver is the Detective Special, which has served both detectives and private citizens well for over 85 years.
Feinstein, of course, once carried a revolver (in San Francisco, no less--not a legal option for those of us who are not among the "elite"). Was it an S&W Military & Police, or perhaps a Colt Detective Special? Maybe, maybe not--but does it matter? Even a revolver that has not been labeled with a too-deadly-for-private-citizens name is, after all, a revolver, and presumably about as "deadly" as a revolver named for its usefulness to law enforcement and the military.
This column recently noted that a California bill, passed by the legislature, but vetoed by even anti-gun Governor Jerry Brown, proves gun rights advocates' long-held contention that the hysterical calls to ban "assault weapons" have nothing to do with so-called "military features" that we were once told distinguish "assault weapons" from "acceptable" semi-automatic rifles.
Feinstein, though, has now taken the insanity to a perhaps unprecedented level. Now it's not just ergonomic refinements and cosmetic features that render some guns "unsuitable" for private ownership. Now, the name of the gun is enough to justify a ban.
She would probably really object to this correspondent's idea for an AR-15 platform rifle marketed as the "Regime Changer" ("Recall Ballot From the Rooftops Launcher" is an awkwardly long name for a gun). That, of course, just adds to the idea's appeal.
Update: On second thought, let's try to talk S&W into telling Feinstein that the "M&P" stands for "Militia and Patriots"--that should scare her as much as anything.
- Call them 'regime change rifles'
- CA proves 'assault weapon' bans have nothing to do with 'military features'
- Meanwhile, Over at the Gun-Free Zone in the #1 Brady-Rated State...
- LAX survivor: 'I just prayed'--the only option available in 'gun free' zones
- LAX gunman allegedly had plan; Feinstein trots out ban agenda