We have all heard the language of the senators and those in Washington and how they harp on ” assault weapons”. It came to light today that Senator Diane Feinstein had the weapons, that she denounced for gun control, brought in by DC police from out of town.
The only reason we know about this many months after the actual press conference is the Freedom if Information Act was used to get the details of the press conference. The DC police chief aided the senator in obtaining these weapons according to the document’s release.
The weapons in the press conference were specifically asked for by Tom Mentzer, Mrs. Feinstein’s press secretary. The police department’s CSI division was asked for the following weapons:Bushmaster XM-15, Tec-9 handgun, Smith & Wesson M&P15 and a Glock 19 that had a high capacity magazine. All of the listed weapons are illegal in the DC area either because they had detachable magazines, or had a magazine that held more than 10 rounds. While a few of the weapons were already being held in DC by the police, the P15 and the Glock 19 were brought in from Philadelphia.
The police Chief emailed the Senator to say that the police “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.”
He was referring to the anchor of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” who knowingly procured an illegal 30-round magazine in the District as a stunt for his TV show, but was not charged.
All of this was put together for the January 24th news conference where the Senator made a dramatic introduction to her new assault weapons ban. The police chief was quoted to say that the firearms were in police custody “the entire time”. However, the chief’s spokeman refused to confirm that they belonged to the Maryland Police Department.
The chief than wrote to a lobbyist saying “So much for our agreement”. The lobbyist than replied, “Well, Ramsey and Feinstein followed our script, but who would have guessed that [Gainer] would burn us.” He drafted a response for the police to send to me and added in a note, “I don’t know how you put up with people like Emily … .”
Chief Lanier replied, “Thanks, Chuck, unfortunately this will be the next tail wagging our dog for weeks.”