"I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. 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."
Dianne Feinstein
(1933-) US Senator (D-CA), 38th Mayor of San Francisco (1978-1988)
April 3, 2013, speech for the Commonwealth Club
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My first thought is "WTF is happening with this site?" There is NO WAY Feinstein made a statement like this as recently as 2013. Although I do believe she said it a LOOOONG time ago, I'm sure, given her now famous status as an ardent anti gunner, she is sorry she ever made it at all thus cementing her status as one of Washington's biggest hypocrite liars.
 -- Larry, North Bergen     
    Oh, I believe she might have said it even in 2013. Whether she meant it is another question entirely. Like virtually every other politician out there, she's a lying sack of shit. She may have done it herself, but she does not believe anyone else has a right to and she certainly doesn't want anyone else to be able to!
     -- Rob Gillespie, Vancouver, BC, Canada     
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    Typical Washington elitist, there is an obvious double standard when considering equality before the law.
    The political class exempts themselves from the legislation they pass.

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
    -- Ben Franklin, Respectfully Quoted, p. 201, Suzy Platt, Barnes & Noble, 1993
     -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
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    I got her saying it on video file(C-Span) during Senate committee hearing in 1995.
    Though she may have uttered it since in other locations.
     -- Allen, DC     
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    Notice Feinstein's past tense. Typical of those, denied the responsibility of self-defense for what ever reason. Removed from a life of knowing the life and death cycle, the care and guidance of compassionate husbandry. Good stewardship of yours and the mutual respect of others, your true neighbors. A sad day when people are so far removed from the REAL WORLD by way of city dwelling. " living in the safer side of town " !! Venturing out into the REAL WORLD, responsibility means awareness and SELF-DEFENSE !! All children at an early age ( Should ) be taught the who, what, where, when, how, why and to what degree of force needed. Compassion with a steely reserve of detecting not only danger, but the time when compassion needs the steely reserve of action !
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    I am not quite sure how to rate this. A hypocritical statement at best, strung through with fabrications and, well, ahhhh - stuff. I can't imagine Feinstein feeling any others helplessness or she wouldn't legislate her primary religion's (anti-natural law socialism) dogmas. Her apparent mental illness doesn't allow for individualism so, her herd mentality supposes everyone feels the same urges she does. I do believe by her record against humanity she does have the mental where-with-all to take another person out.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Well said Mike !!
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    Yes, Feinstein said it and did carry concealed (from her constituency) until she was caught. To save face, she had her gun melted down into a cross and made a public display of the fact.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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