The confrontation between Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Cruz showed how little respect Sen. Feinstein has for the Bill of Rights. When she told Sen. Cruz that she “isn’t a sixth-grader“, she guaranteed tons of publicity for her bill. Here’s the key exchange between Sen. Cruz and Sen. Feinstein:

“Would she consider it constitutional for Congress to specify that the First Amendment shall apply only to the following books and shall not apply to the books that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the Bill of Rights?” Cruz said, speaking to Feinstein.

“Likewise, would she think that the Fourth Amendment’s protection against searches and seizures, could properly apply only to the following specified individuals, and not to the individuals that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the law?”

Pointing her finger and glaring at Cruz, Feinstein shot back.

“One, I’m not a sixth grader,” Feinstein said. “Senator, I’ve been on this Committee for 20 years. I was a mayor for nine years. I walked in and I saw people shot with these weapons.

“I’m not a lawyer,” she added, “but after 20 years, I’ve been up close and personal with the Constitution. I have great respect for it. … So I, you know, 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 thank you for the lecture. Incidentally, this does not prohibit — you used the word ‘prohibit’ – it exempts 2,271 weapons. Isn’t that enough for the people of the United States? Do they need a bazooka? Do they need other high-powered weapons that other people use in close combat? I don’t think so.”

First, Sen. Feinstein apparently thinks that it’s ok to infringe upon people’s rights to defend themselves. Second, it’s apparent that Sen. Feinstein thinks there’s a secret exception to the Second Amendment, one where it’s ok to prohibit the manufacture of certain types of weapons as long as a pompous senator “saw people shot with” the weapons she wants banned.

Using Sen. Feinstein’s logic, she’d be fine with banning the manufacture of handguns, too. In fact, handguns kill more people than so-called assault weapons by a huge margin.

What’s frightening is Sen. Feinstein’s criteria for violating the Bill of Rights. Apparently, Sen. Feinstein thinks anything that looks frightening should be banned. Sen. Feinstein apparently didn’t pay attention to the SCOTUS rulings on the DC and Chicago bans on handguns. The text of the Second Amendment is clear:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Passing laws that prohibit the manufacture of certain types of guns is infringing on the people’s right to protect themselves.

What’s most frightening isn’t that Sen. Feinstein isn’t smarter than a sixth grader. It’s that she doesn’t respect the clearly written text of the Bill of Rights.

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6 Responses to “Feinstein to Cruz: I’m not a sixth-grader”

  • eric z says:

    You want to buy a Tommie Gun? An RPG? What?

  • Chad Q says:

    No, I just want to be able to protect myself and my family with a gun that has the same capabilites as the ones the government has. There is no reason, outside of war, for the government to have fully automatic weapons or RPG’s and there would never be a reason for said government to use those weapons against its own citizens since unpermitted law abiding citizens cannot own a fully automatic weapon.
    Now if you want to talk about criminals you can but they don’t follow the law so no law you create will stop them from using a gun in a crime.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Don’t trot out that BS. SCOTUS has ruled that those weapons fall outside the scope of the Second Amemndment. There’s a difference between weapons built exclusively for war and firearms built for sporting and/or personal protection uses.

    Sen. Feinstein’s bill would ban firearms used for personal protection. Shame on you for not seeing the difference.

  • Bob J. says:

    I want to buy a bazooka.

    And if there’s any member of the United States Senate not named Reid who needs and deserves a lecture about the United States Constitution, it’s Dianne Feinstein.

  • walter hanson says:

    Based on Di’s answer it sounds like she isn’t even a first grader yet.

    She certainly hasn’t learned anything about the US constitution.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • walter hanson says:


    Keep in mind the Newport, CT school was a gunfire zone, along with the Auroa, CO theater, and even Fort Hood was technically a gun free zone.

    It seems like the easiest way to be safe is to be allowed to carry a gun if you have the proper permit just in case somebody shows up who wants to use a gun illegally.

    In Minnesota for years the problem was that in some places you couldn’t get the permit because the police even if you were law abidding had the right to say no.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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