Senator Feinstein just won't let go. She tried to play the Newtown tragedy for all it was worth, but Harry Reid wouldn't let her new version of the Assault Weapons Ban reach the floor. Despite her constant pleas that President Obama make gun control a leading issue in 2014, he seems reluctant to discuss the issue.
Now she's trying to convince the President to expand the provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 925(d)(3) (also known as the "sporting purposes" clause) to ban the import of all "military-style" firearms.
She singles out the Romanian WASR-10 (a cheap AKM clone) for whole heap of ire:
An analysis by the Violence Policy Center found that more than 700 Romanian AK-47 variant rifles were identified in 134 federal gun trafficking prosecutions involving illegal smuggling from the United States to Mexico and other Latin American countries. (…) For example, one imported Romanian AK firearm, the WASR-10, was carefully designed to exploit the sporting purposes test and has become a favorite of the gun traffickers that profit by arming Mexican drug trafficking organizations.
Of course, who facilitated the smuggling of those guns? Our government. While she's done her best to avoid discussing that angle, she has the nerve to close her letter with a plea that, "we have endured too many funerals and mourned the loss of too many innocent lives to accept less than full enforcement."
Maybe she can tell that to Brian Terry's family, and to the families of dozens of dead Mexicans who were killed with guns our government let walk on her watch.
In the meantime, contact your Representative. The ATF budget is subject to House approval. Let's make sure they're reminded of that before they consider enacting any new measures.