Pictures of Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims are displayed as Senate Judiciary Committee chairperson Dianne Feinstein speaks during a hearing on “The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013” at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on February 27, 2013. Jewel Samad /AFP/Getty Images
The legislation is written by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, and as expected, the bill was sent to the full senate with a strictly party-line vote.
But before the vote, Feinstein had a tense exchange with Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
In a question to Feinstein, Cruz tried to draw a parallel between the First and Second Amendments. He asked if Feinstein would “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.”
The context, of course, is that Feinstein’s legislation bans 157 different models of assault weapons and magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets.
Feinstein reacted to question viscerally.
“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 — I saw people shot. I’ve looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons. I’ve seen the bullets that implode. In Sandy Hook, youngsters were dismembered.”
Feinstein did eventually explain that “there are different tests for different amendments.”
Feinstein said that her legislation would pass the tests set fort in the Supreme Court’s District of Columbia v. Heller, for which Justice Antonin Scalia — one of the court’s most conservative judges — wrote the majority opinion for.
Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog writes that with the decision, the court said the Second Amendment provides individuals a “right to possess a basic firearm (the line drawn is unclear, but is basically those weapons in general lawful use and does not extend to automatic weapons) and to use that firearm in self-defense.”
Cruz pressed Feinstein, asking her if it was then the job of Congress to determine what kinds of guns are legal or what kinds of books are legal.
Feinstein said it was the job of Congress to legislate and the job of the Supreme Court to interpret the laws. Should this bill become law, she said she fully expected it to survive a Supreme Court challenge.
By the way: This is not the first time Cruz, a freshman senator, has rankled the Washington establishment. Talking Points Memo reports that in February, Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, went after him for going “over the line” in his criticism of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Gov. Bill Walker signed an administrative order in early 2015, creating a mariculture task force in hopes of boosting aquatic farming and fisheries. The task force has been examining all areas of the mariculture industry and will present a comprehensive plan to Walker in 2018. The 11-member panel has split its resources into five advisory committees over the past year.
In January, Alaska's Energy Desk is celebrating the anniversary of the publication of John McPhee's 1977 book "Coming into the Country." On Jan. 24, 2017, Willie Hensley
In January, Alaska’s Energy Desk is celebrating the anniversary of the publication of John McPhee’s 1977 book “Coming into the Country.” On Jan. 24, 2017, Willie Hensley and other guests featured in the book will join us on stage as we discuss the Alaska of the 1970s and how the past (and the book) shaped the state today.
A simultaneous live forum in Anchorage will feature Pat Pourchot and other guests. Studios will be linked so audiences can participate in both discussions.
Alaska is still facing a yawning, multi-billion dollar gap between what it spends what it raises in revenue, despite billions in budget cuts and two years of policymakers debating how
Alaska is still facing a yawning, multi-billion dollar gap between what it spends what it raises in revenue, despite billions in budget cuts and two years of policymakers debating how to keep the state solvent.
Join us Wednesday at KTOO for Forum@360 as Professor Emeritus Gunnar Knapp of the Institute of Social and Economic Research and Cliff Groh of Alaska Common Ground return to discuss Alaska’s fiscal crisis.
Doors open at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday and the one-hour show begins at 5 p.m.
Join us for the ever growing annual KTOO and Taku Fisheries Seafood Festival with more than a dozen halibut, salmon and rockfish dishes to choose from, a variety of desserts,
Join us for the ever growing annual KTOO and Taku Fisheries Seafood Festival with more than a dozen halibut, salmon and rockfish dishes to choose from, a variety of desserts, live music from the Rob Cohen Jazz Group and a silent auction.
The seafood was generously donated by Taku Fisheries and will be prepared by the following participating restaurants:
The Rookery Café
The Coconut Thai Cuisine
TK Maquire’s at the Prospector
V’s Cellar Door
Heritage Coffee Roasting Company
All food is included in the ticket prize. No-host bar service provided by Salt Restaurant.
The annual KTOO & Taku Fisheries Seafood Festival is KTOO’s major fundraiser, and all proceeds from tickets sales and the silent auction benefit KTOO.
The annual tutored beer tasting by Alaskan Brewing Company at 5 p.m. is the kick-off to the 2017 KTOO and Taku Fisheries Seafood Festival. Your opportunity to sample some of the Alaskan Brewing Companies finest beers, to taste some of their new varieties and to learn about the magic behind their unique flavors and award winning brews. After the tutored beer tasting, you are welcome to stay on for the Seafood Festival which starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are sold separately. Get your tickets for the beer tasting and the Seafood Festival here, and join us for a night of food, drink and dancing to raise funds for public media in Juneau!
MudroomsReal people. real stories. Live, on stage. “Mudrooms” is a community-powered monthly event in Juneau, where real people tell real stories, live. Anchorage has “Arctic Entries”. In Juneau, we’re just as sophisticated – just a little muddier. Mudrooms’ creators are Amanda Compton and Alida Bus. Audio production by Marc Wheeler.
Focus On Community“Focus on Community” is an hour long, public affairs program hosted by different volunteer, community members each week. The format ranges from in-studio discussions, to live call-ins. Topics vary from peace initiatives to mental health problems to hotly debated town issues. Any and all community members are invited to present a show idea and work with us to bring it the air.
Telling Tales with Ms. GEach week, host, Ms.G, reads a selection of writing based around a given theme. Audio of her show is available the following day here on our website.