Sen. Leland Yee Is Getting Threats Over His "Un-American" Gun-Control Bill

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State Sen. Leland Yee has riled up conservatives again, and not exactly the kind of right-wingers you want to make mad.

CBS reports that Yee's office has been fielding threats from gun enthusiasts who have launched a vicious campaign against the San Francisco Democrat's proposed gun-control bill.

Senate Bill 249 aims to make the "bullet button" harder for gun lovers to use, which essentially means it will be that much harder for them to get fire assault weapons, which are illegal in California anyway. The bullet button allows you to detach a magazine, despite the fact that state law says detachable magazines in combination with other features are illegal. But, as CBS reports, the bullet button makes a gun's magazine "fixed" and therefore legal, because you need a tool to detach it.

Needless to say, Yee's bill is pushing some buttons at the firing range; gun-toters have called his office, making racist threats, and telling him to "go back to Communist China."

"Unfortunately there are many individuals in the state and in this country that look to the bill that I am carrying as really un-American. And I will tell you that I am probably as American as anyone else," Yee tells CBS .

It's not the first time Yee has been hammered with loony threats. In 2010, the Secret Service was unleashed to investigate threats Yee received after the state senator inquired how much Sarah Palin was being paid to speak at a California university.

Here's one one phone caller said at that time: "Maybe we ought to have a homosexual with a long enough dick to where he can stick it up his ass and fuck himself while he is onstage giving a speech.... So, good thing you [Yee] run in San Francisco 'cause you'd never make it anywhere else."

Then in 2011, Yee made national headlines after he publicly scolded Rush Limbaugh for making fun of the Chinese language in his radio show. Limbaugh fans fired off faxes, phone calls, and letters to Yee, with not-so-loving comments like this one:

To: JoBama Rectum Sniffing Moron LEELAND LEE Achtung! Fish Head Leeland Lee.  Rush Limbaugh will kick your Chink ass and expose you for the fool you are. Without exceptions, Marxists are enemies of the United States Constitution!  Death to all Marxists!  Foreign and Domestic!"

We're guessing it's fair to assume Yee's senate photo is being widely used for target practice at the firing range.

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downdraft
downdraft

Remember that Sen Leeland YEE is planning to run for Secretary Of State in 2014, dont let this anti-American have your vote. Sen Yee appears to not support the US constitution and our right to own weapons. You can see how he thinks and this is something I would expect to see in Communist China, not America. Someone should start a petition website against Sen Yee to make everyone knows where he stands and stop him from running for Secretary of State. I say VOTE HIM OUT...!  

nicholasmckenzie
nicholasmckenzie

It isn't to make "bullet buttons harder to use." The fact of the matter is this article is a lie. Read the bill. Then read Article I, Section 10 of the United States Constitution. Then read about imminent domain. Then explain to me what defines a modified weapon. Does a hunter who drills and taps his rifle to add  a scope need to have his rifle confiscated? Under this law, it could. This law has violates imminent  domain, but furthermore, its an ex post facto law. Which is unconstitutional. Also, these so called "assault weapons" are only called as such because they are cosmetically similar to their fully automatic cousins/predecessors. The round is actually a varmint round. I'd rather be shot by a 5.56 (22 caliber) from an AR than a .338 lapua from a hunting rifle any day of the week. And notice this are all issues that don't even deal with the 2nd amendment. Erin Sherbert, you are writing an article about two things which you are obviously completely uneducated and uniformed on and those are a) the law and b) guns. Why don't you go write an article about nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, because I'm sure you have no clue about those either but you certainly seem to think its fair to write, and have a strong opinion about something you don't even know about. Oh, and not to mention, this was an amendment to an AGRICULTURAL law. Go ahead and support the dirty practices of our politicians. Thank you for your complete lack of integrity and knowledge, I've come to expect nothing more of the media. You should be fired. Both your Democratic Party and the Republican Party pull dirty tricks like this and you just play into it. You should be proud of yourself.  

Will
Will

 *illegal guns. Not those that were legally purchased by law-biding citizens with no history of violence or felonies.

Floydsla
Floydsla

i love how they use old examples to bolster the case but no real current examples. This law, if passed will not pass judicial scrutiny anyhow.

Azazel
Azazel

Apparently there are no real problems in California like entire cities going broke or rampant illegal immigration. It's those pesky bullet buttons that are the problem.

Montana_Libertarian
Montana_Libertarian

Tiny- We could both add more examples, but I want to make several additional points here: First, in my case, retrieving my weapon usually only requires drawing it from the holster on my belt.  Second, there is good, peer reviewed academic research that concludes privately owned firearms are used defensively to thwart 2.4 million crimes each year.  For handguns, the figure is 1.9 million defensive uses per year.  This does not imply any shots are fired.  Most often simply stating one had a weapon or merely displaying the weapon was enough to prevent an assault, although actual shootings were a small fraction of the defensive uses.

 Tiny Tim
Tiny Tim

 Nice try! Victims are almost always able to retrieve their loaded pistol/rifle in time to shoot the intruder. Fantasy time. Live in a city, instead of your rural homestead and you will see what guns are doing to our cities. • March 29, 2009: Devan Kalathat, 42, shot and killed his two children and three other relatives, then killed himself in an upscale neighborhood of Santa Clara, Calif. Kalathat's wife was critically injured. • March 10, 2009: Michael McLendon, 28, killed 10 people • including his mother, four other relatives, and the wife and child of a local sheriff's deputy • across two rural Alabama counties. He then killed himself. • Feb. 14, 2008: Former student Steven Kazmierczak, 27, opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, fatally shooting five students and wounding 18 others before committing suicide. • Dec. 5, 2007: Robert A. Hawkins, 19, opened fire with a rifle at a Von Maur store in an Omaha, Neb., mall, killing eight people before taking his own life. Five more people were wounded, two critically. • April 16, 2007: Seung-Hui Cho, 23, fatally shot 32 people in a dorm and a classroom at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, then killed himself in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. • Oct. 2, 2006: Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, shot to death five girls at West Nickel Mines Amish School in Pennsylvania, then killed himself. Shall I go on?

nicholasmckenzie
nicholasmckenzie

Yeah because in cities you can't find anything illegal. It'd be SO difficult to find an illegal gun in SF.... and let's not forget all of the Massacres that were stopped by citizens who LEGALLY bought and purchased their guns, but the SF Chronicle won't publish stories like that. It's the 2nd Amendment. People will always be violent but you can't bring a knife to a gun fight. Read about swiss gun laws, gun ownership and gun crime in their country. Then read about when countries like Australia tried to outlaw guns in their cities and gun crimes went up. Weird. I'm guessing you live in a city, and if its SF, you can buy anything from heroin to crack to an illegal firearm given a days time and not knowing anybody if you want to. This is America. If you don't like our founding father's ideas on our country, then move to a country in Europe and enjoy their tight gun laws.  

TinyTim
TinyTim

Gee--4 days later and 12 dead and 50+ injured in Denver.

TinyTim
TinyTim

 @TinyTim Gee--2 weeks or so later, another 6 massacred in Milwaukee. SF Weekly: how about initiating a column: "Massacre of the Month?" And why not include instructions on how "you too can easily obtain the massacre weapon of your choice!" There should also be ads

for t-shirts emblazoned with "over your dead body" and a picture of that saint Charlton Heston wearing an NRA t-shirt that itself says: "blood on their hands". How about a list of cowardly politicians who refuse to stand up to the gun lobby/NRA? 

TinyTim
TinyTim

Gee--August 13:Texas A&M Shooting: Gunman, Officer And Civilian Dead In College Station Shooting. Sorry, I underestimated: "Massacre of the Week?"

 Tiny Tim
Tiny Tim

Mass killings several times a year (at schools, work) and people still support the owning of mass-killing guns! Such brainwashing from the NRA and so-called individual righters. Each of  us has the individual right to the pursuit of happiness--and to be free of fear of lunatics who have yet to commit a crime but then decide to SLAUGHTER innocents. Reasonable folk support you, Leland!

Malavai
Malavai

The states where owning an AR-15 or other assault style rifles with all the 'evil" features that the California law bans, are also having historically low homicide rates. The lowered homicide and crime rates have more to to with the aging of the American population than any gun ban. Funny, most of these people who pass these laws and vote for them, don't own them. Most of the time their only knowledge about them are from movies, TV and video games. Though, the 11 to 12 year old kids who play the video games, actually know more about the guns than these lawmakers.

Likewater7447
Likewater7447

Collinsgrandparent, you're absolutely right, but also painfully misinformed. The misery and pain is set upon those of us law abiding gun owners that are forced to live under the barrage of ridiculous gun laws the legislators in this state put forth that do NOTHING to stop criminals from access to guns. It is us law abiding citizens that therefore suffer misery and pain. When are you liberals EVER going to face reality?

Terry Black
Terry Black

Proof: UN Plans To Ban American Guns   Infowars.comJuly 14, 2012 Globalist United Nations moving to undermine and kill off Second Amendment. See more in Alex’s addendum and even more evidence/explanation of the gun ban intent. Watch the following News clips: Emergency Alert! UN Set To Ban Civilian Gun Ownership  http://www.infowars.com/proof-un-plans-to-ban-american-guns/ 

Terry Black
Terry Black

Get your head out of the sand! Criminals love it! That is why Obama and Hilary are pushing for it!

Terry Black
Terry Black

Vote hin out at the first opportunity and never mind waiting for the door to hit him on the way out - throw the door at him on the way out!

UpChuck.Liberals  NoBO12
UpChuck.Liberals NoBO12 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I'm trying to figure out why the good Sen. Leland Yee PhD. is pushing a law for an ALREADY ILLEGAL tool on a silly dangerous device, the bullet button mag release.  I have a question(s), how many of these AWFUL, EVIL, BLACK 'ASSULT' RIFLES are used in the commission of a crime here in California?  Next how many of the aformentiond EVIL GUNS are legally purchased by gang bangers and used in the aformentioned crime?  I'm going to guess the number is REALLY CLOSE TO ZERO.  As for the use of his picture as a target, haven't seen one yet and doubt I ever will, we're not Liberals.  I would strongly suggest that our elected representatives stop listening to a highly partisan group, the Brady Bunch and listen to the citizens the actually VOTE for them.

UpChuck.Liberals  NoBO12
UpChuck.Liberals NoBO12

I think the lack of guns causes 'misery and pain'.  Cases in point, China, Russia, Nazi Germany, Great Britian, Australia .....  In a few cases they are subjects, in others crime is way up and they're victims.  Personally I choose to be neither.

LanceCoolie
LanceCoolie

Yes, the difference between misery and pain and preserving America's way of life is one state passing a ban on one tiny feature of one kind of weapon that up until now has been perfectly legal and that no one can demonstrate has ever facilitated criminal activity to any measurable degree. What a responsible use of time and tax money by California's legislature and Mr. Lee in particular. Good thing there's no crippling budget crisis going on, or this kind of thing might seem ridiculous!

Shoebox56
Shoebox56

Yay for Leeland making lawyers rich, at tax payers expense.  SB 249 is riddled with problems.

Facepalm
Facepalm

Oh, grow a brain, please.  Before the 14th Amendment was ratified, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution forbade blacks from being citizens.   The Constitution is not a perfect and sacred document.  It is the product of human endeavor and compromise and therefore necessarily imperfect.  Perhaps some people who object to things in the Constitution (or, more accurately, have an interpretation of the Constitution that is different from yours) are merely thinking beings.  They may be right, they may be wrong, but at least they have minds of their own. People who say stupid things like "If you go against the Constitution...you are a Traitor." are substituting sloganeering for thinking and are beneath contempt.

Montana_Libertarian
Montana_Libertarian

Guns cause only misery and pain? A number of folks would disagree vigorously with that sweeping, erroneous assertion: Sarah McKinley, an 18 year old Oklahoma mother, widowed by cancer, used a shotgun to protect herself and her 3 month old son.  Two thugs broke down her front door to gain entry.  The first one to break through charged her with a foot long knife, but was cut down by a blast to the torso from her 12 gauge.  The other thug fled and was arrested later. Kevin Perry of Bend, Oregon, arrived home to find his front door broken in and Shane Michael Munoz, 33, ransacking his living room.  A fight ensued, Perry drew a gun and shot Munoz in the chest, ending the burlary, the assault and Munoz's life.  Munoz was pronounced dead after police arrived at the scene. A 53-year-old female school counselor in Gwinnett County, Georgia, was in her shower when Israel Perez Puentes broke into her home and attempted to rape her.  She tried to fight him off with the shower curtain rod, but was knocked down into the bathtub and injured.  She then told him she had money in her bedroom.  He took her to the bedroom where she grabbed her .22 caliber pistol and shot him nine times.  He fled the home, but collapsed in the yard and was pronounced dead at the scene.  There are literally many hundreds of such events annually in this country, and thousands more where mere display of a weapon causes criminals to flee.  They are generally only accorded local news coverage.  The major media news organizations dislike stories showing the utility of weapons. In addition to these individual cases, do you suppose the millions of Europeans that were spared Nazi domination because Americans carrying Garand rifles ended the Third Reich would agree that guns cause only misery and pain? I can tell you that one of my ancestors would disagree.  He soldiered with a long rifle in the American Revolution, which won us the freedoms we enjoy today. That would include our second amendment right to keep and bear arms, which the founding fathers were careful to ensure.

Guy Smith
Guy Smith

So, what was the ratio of racist emails verses calm, reasoned and thoughtful debate from gun owners "not "gun totters" as the obviously biased blogger calls them)? I'm not surprised that this is not mentioned.

NorCal62
NorCal62

Senator Yee should understand that his legislation is unconstitutional and seeks to ban that which has already been declared legal by the CA DOJ. It is yet another step toward criminalizing law-abiding citizens who already cannot enjoy the freedoms available in 49 other states. It is time to stop the misguided nanny instinct that seems prevalent among CA legislators.

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