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Bryan Preston

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March 28, 2014 - 8:16 am

By day, California Democrat Leland Yee was an outspoken gun control advocate. But by night, he is alleged to have been a broker for Russian arms dealers to arm Islamic militants, for piles of cold, hard cash.

That dual life hasn’t been lost on Yee’s enemies on gun control. Through its tears and between its heavy sobs at having a gun controller so ruthlessly exposed, the LA Times reports:

The complaint says Yee described his approach to arms dealing as “agnostic.”

“People want to get whatever they want to get. Do I care? No, I don’t care. People need certain things,” Yee said, according to the complaint.

Later Wednesday, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms issued a statement ripping the 65-year-old San Francisco Democrat.

“If these allegations are true, Sen. Yee is easily the biggest hypocrite on gun control to walk the halls of the capitol in Sacramento, if not the entire United States,” said the group’s chairman Alan Gottlieb.

“It is hard to fathom this kind of activity on a scale as massive as these court documents allege. If Sen. Yee and his fellow defendants are convicted, they’re going to wind up in one of the biggest gun-free zones in the country, a federal prison.”

Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman for the NRA, said Yee was a hypocrite.

“This poster boy for gun control is a scumbag,” he said.

Succinct, and accurate.

Isn’t Leland Yee an excellent argument for keeping and strengthening the Second Amendment? The Second Amendment is not and never was about hunting. It’s about an armed populace being a check on out-of-control, tyrannical government and also about national defense. This is a man who used his political power to disarm Americans, while he was allegedly arming America’s enemies. It’s treasonous.

Here’s a good laugh.

Yee was scheduled to be honored last week by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, according to a statement on Yee’s website, which says the state Senator “has authored numerous bills designed to make government more transparent.”

Yee is the recipient of several similar journalism awards, the statement said, including the Freedom of Information Award by the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.

“State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco will receive the Public Official Award for his courage to oppose his own Democratic Party leaders and the governor in 2013 with public criticism of efforts to weaken the California Public Records Act by loosening disclosure requirements for local governments,” the SPJ chapter’s website said.

Ha ha ha. Mr. Transparency, Mr. Gun Control, Mr. Censor Violent Video Games — Mr. Hide His Elaborate Scheme to (Allegely) Trade Cash for Favors and Shoulder-Fired Rockets to Arm Hyperviolent Terrorists. The media praised him, never saw any of this coming.

All told, 26 people were identified as having violated federal statutes in the complaint. They were accused of participating in a free-ranging criminal ring that dabbled in a spectrum of activities, including illegal marijuana “grows” and a scheme to transport stolen liquor to China.

Wow. Just, wow. Yee’s ring includes just about everything a proper crime syndicate requires, including political access and power. The only thing lacking so far is a sexy sidekick, but who knows? Maybe there’s one lurking in the full complaint. Where was sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman?

Michael Walsh has a strong point. Yee’s Democratic Party does look like a grand national criminal enterprise.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The LATimes "has a disappointingly inward focus".
30 weeks ago
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Isn’t Leland Yee an excellent argument for keeping and strengthening the Second Amendment?

Yes.

The Second Amendment is also about self-defense, after all, and the right of a free citizen to defend home and family against criminals and intruders.

With that in mind, next time someone asks why you need a gun, you can answer: "to protect myself against the people Leland Yee sells guns to".
30 weeks ago
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Well, the guns were going to North Africa, but who's to say some wouldn't be removed in the port in New Jersey, or find their way back here from Africa?
30 weeks ago
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Yee apparently wasn't planning to stop enriching the MILF and helping arm terrorists in North Africa once he was elected secretary of state. He was looking for an on-going arrangement over the next eight years.
30 weeks ago
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Certainly. Worse, can you imagine what kind of nefarious crap he was up to in pursuance to the position? Secretary of State is in charge of elections, yo.
30 weeks ago
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Gun-running. Booze-running. Cigarette-running. Coke-running.

All that's missing is trafficking in humans.
30 weeks ago
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I plied by party affiliation.
30 weeks ago
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Maybe he is smarter than you think. If all guns were outlawed,he was going to be in a great position to supply them.
30 weeks ago
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So Constitutionalists are correct when they state, "If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have them."
30 weeks ago
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Yee should work out alright on the Prison Industry INC.'s laundry line: "Yee say no tickie no laundry, cheap Charlie."
30 weeks ago
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The 2A is also about hunting as well as defense against government tyranny and criminals.

I would have agreed with your comment about it not being about hunting until the Heller ruling. The opinions of both the DC Court Of Appeals, and SCOTUS in upholding that ruling centered on the wording of 2A being directed at preserving an right which existed prior to the constitution. Hence, the constitution did not establish a right to keep and bear arms, it simply was a guarantee that the new government would not infringe on the existing right.

So, the courts' dicta examined what that pre-existing right was understood to be at the time. And yes, it included hunting as well as the right of the people (well except catholics) to keep and bear arms as a counter to tyranny by the crown and for self-defense both in and outside of the home.
30 weeks ago
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Your serious argument is that Bryan said the Amendment II of the U.S. Constitution "isn't about hunting"?

You are correct that the Constitution does not grant us rights. Most Constitutionalists already know this, and I believe Bryan understands this quite well already.

You are not correct that Amendment II is about hunting. Hunting is a function of property rights. By extension, if you own land, you may do with that land as you please, and by extension to that, you may do what you please with those things that are on your land, including flora and fauna.

Hunting is not an Amendment II protected right. The amendment does not mention hunting by word or context. Hunting is not even implied. If a court found an implication to a "right to hunt" in Amendment II, then that court was wrong, and the judges' capacity for rational thought should be closely examined.
30 weeks ago
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It's a broad umbrella that also protects hunting and sporting uses, but the stated intent is to protect the military use of arms.

You have do do violence to the text to say otherwise.

30 weeks ago
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Well, my point was that the left allows hunting as pretty much the only reason to preserve any 2A rights. But it's not a hunting license. It sits behind the First Amendment for a reason.
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