“Let me just make a couple of points in response,” Feinstein shot back at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “One, I’m not a sixth grader. Senator, I’ve been on this committee for 20 years. I was a mayor for nine years. I walked in, I saw people shot. I’ve looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons. I’ve seen the bullets that implode. In Sandy Hook, youngsters were dismembered. Look, there are other weapons. I’ve been up — I’m not a lawyer, but after 20 years I’ve been up close and personal to the Constitution. I have great respect for it. This doesn’t mean that weapons of war and the Heller decision clearly points out three exceptions, two of which are pertinent here.” [TPM]

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THE SO-CALLED ban on the sale and manufacture of certain types of semi-automatic weapons brought the worst out in Senator Cruz. Senator Feinstein rightly let him have it, because Cruz arrogantly thinks he knows something Feinstein doesn’t about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a ban on the sale and manufacture of more than 150 types of semi-automatic weapons with military-style features Thursday in a party-line vote. The 10-8 vote came after a heated exchange between Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who Feinstein scolded for giving her a “lecture” on the Constitution. [The Hill]

Ironically, Senator Cruz has the most liberal interpretation of the 2nd Amendment possible, which actually gives no guarantee whatsoever that a U.S. citizen should have access to buy hundreds of semi-automatic weapons, cop-killer bullets and other weaponry.

“It’s fine you want to lecture me on the Constitution. I appreciate it. Just know I’ve been here for a long time. I’ve passed on a number of bills. I’ve studied the Constitution myself. I am reasonably well educated, and I thank you for the lecture. … I come from a different place than you do. I respect your views. I ask you to respect my views.” – Senator Diane Feinstein