OH, THE TOTAL HYPOCRISY OF THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT'S GUN CONTROL HEROES!
Gun control advocate heading to jail for racketeering
Some readers may recall the story of California state Sen. Leland Yee, a staunch and vocal gun control advocate who was arrested for, among other things, conspiring to smuggle guns into the United States through Muslim terror groups. Mr. Yee has had his day in court, and now he is headed to jail: (link is external)
Gun control stalwart and former Democratic California state Sen. Leland Yee, originally facing the rest of his life in prison on bribery charges, instead picked up 60 months.
Yee, ironically known for his gun control legislation, was arrested in 2014 (link is external) on a host of charges including plotting to smuggle guns into the country via Islamic terror groups. This left many gun control advocates, who up until that time held the San Francisco-based politician as a champion in the crusade for tougher gun laws, dismayed (link is external).
Facing potentially the rest of his life in prison, Yee’s legal team entered a plea of guilty (link is external) to one felony count of racketeering last July as part of a negotiated plea agreement.
While Acting U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch last week recommended (link is external)the Court impose a sentence of 96 months in custody, three years supervised release and a fine of $25,000, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer, a San Francisco native and Berkley graduate appointed to the court by President Bill Clinton, on Wednesday gave Yee 60 months (link is external).
“The crimes you committed have resulted in essentially an attack on democratic institutions,” Breyer reportedly (link is external)told Lee. “The public has to have trust in the integrity of the institution. Mr. Yee, you abused that trust.”
He abused the law, too. But the judge wasn't quite finished with Mr. Yee:
“The hypocritical position on your part to be for gun control and that automatic weapons would be brought into the United States is frightening and unfathomable. I cannot tell you how disturbing it is,” Breyer said. “You were willing to go entirely contrary to your stated position for money, and that is the most venal and dangerous thing you’ve done.”
We won't gloat (too much) over Mr. Yee's fall. But we are forced to wonder whether gun control advocates will take any lessons from his conviction about integrity, the rule of law, and human nature.