Only Guns for Yee, but not for thee

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SAN FRANCISCO – Anti-gun California State Senator Leland Yee (D), facing federal corruption charges that include gun trafficking, was honored in 2006 by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for his gun control efforts, and yesterday, he dropped out of the race for California Secretary of State, the San Francisco Chronicle first reported.

And last night, Alan Gottlieb, the Bellevue-based gun rights advocate who was first to criticize Yee’s apparent hypocrisy, became the new bogeyman for a Seattle-based gun prohibition group that is using his image in a fund-raising e-mail invitation to attend another “campaign kickoff” on Monday, June 2. This is for Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure being pandered as a “universal background check” proposal. Critics say it goes much farther.

 The California State Senate late Friday morning voted to suspend Yee, and fellow Democrat Senators Ron Calderon and Rod Wright, with pay, “until all criminal proceedings currently pending against them have been dismissed,” according to the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert. The vote was 28-1.

The newspaper quoted Senate leader Darrel Steinberg, who explained, “Expelling them would be premature, because Yee and Calderon have not been convicted of their corruption charges and Wright is waiting to see if the judge in his perjury trial upholds the jury’s guilty verdict.”

The irony of Yee’s case is not lost on Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. He told Examiner via e-mail after seeing the announcement from the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR), that the new battle cry for the gun prohibition lobby should be “Guns for Yee, but not for thee.”

Gottlieb is the standard-bearer for Protect Our Gun Rights (POGR), which is backing Initiative 591, the simple measure that prevents government gun confiscation without due process – such as warrantless post-Hurricane Katrina gun seizures – while protecting the state’s current adherence to the uniform national standard for background checks.