California Senator Leland Yee, an outspoken advocate of gun control, arrested on gun trafficking and political corruption charges

If there is one thing we can count on with gun grabbing politicians it is hypocrisy.

Some talk like they are pro-gun ownership yet sign gun control measures the way Reagan did when he was governor of California.

Others like Dianne Feinstein think  that only the rich and powerful, who can afford to have bodyguards deserve to have armed protection.

California’s State Senator Leland Yee takes the hypocrisy to a whole other level.

Some how I don’t expect this story will get a great deal of coverage on MSNBC which would rather focus on Ted Nuggent shooting his mouth off with inflammatory language that makes gun owners sound like dangerously deranged people, who shouldn’t be allowed to have guns.

Exposing corruption within the government is in the interest of the people.  Our rights and freedoms should not be for sale to the highest bidder.

Further lying scumbags like Leland Yee should get extremely harsh sentences if convicted.

I gave this story about 24 hours to heat up and get a few more links before posting it.

Yesterday Gun Nuts Media ran a story titled: The Leland Yee arrest is like a pro-gun Christmas

Yesterday, when the news of California State Senator Leland Yee’s arrest for corruption broke, many in the pro-gun community to include myself experienced quite a bit of schadenfreude at the news. An anti-gun, anti-video game, and generally anti-freedom advocate arrested for corruption? Awesome. But the real story is so insane it’s like the news ripped a page out of Unintended Consequences. Because soon to be former Senator Yee wasn’t just hooked up, he was hooked up for being part of an international gun-smuggling ring. It’s glorious. The SF Gate has the affidavit uploaded, and it’s pretty incredible.

From The Los Angeles Times: State Sen. Leland Yee arrested on corruption charges in FBI sting

In exchange for campaign contributions, according to the affidavit, Yee would “facilitate a meeting with the arms dealer” so that the donor could buy a large number of weapons. The firearms would be imported through a port in Newark, N.J. At one meeting, the affidavit said, Yee and the prospective donor discussed “details of the specific types of weapons.”

All told, 26 people were identified as having violated federal statutes in the complaint. It was unclear how many were in custody. They were accused of participating in a free-ranging criminal ring that dabbled in a spectrum of activity, from illegal marijuana “grows” to a scheme to transport stolen liquor to China.

The federal complaint reads like a bad crime novel with off-the-books firearms deals made in parking lots and confessions whispered in a booth at a karaoke bar. Chow is described as a “judge” in his organization — if one member of the group kills another, it’s up to Chow to determine whether the killing was justified.

From The San Jose Mercury: State Sen. Leland Yee indicted on arms trafficking, corruption charges

But as recently as last month, Yee was engaged in the secretive meetings, at one point telling an undercover operative with whom he was trying to cut an arms deal that he was ready to cash in on his connections in Asia if he lost his current bid to become secretary of state, according to court papers.

Yee, who once championed a California law that would have outlawed violent video games, told undercover operatives that he had ties to an international arms dealer with connections as far-flung as Russia, during one meeting saying: “Do I think we can make some money? I think we can make some money,” according to the FBI affidavit.

From Russia Today: California anti-gun senator charged with corruption and trafficking firearms

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the FBI affidavit claims Yee offered to negotiate illegal firearms sales on multiple occasions in exchange for financial donations towards his campaign. He allegedly told an undercover FBI agent of his connections to firearms dealers in Asia and Russia, with CBS San Francisco reporting he knew an arms dealer who’d been shipping “cargo containers” of weapons to Muslim rebels in the Philippines.

The meeting between Yee and the undercover agent was brokered by Keith Jackson, a political consultant with ties to Raymond Chow, whom the FBI identified as the ringleader of a Chinatown gang. Chow introduced an FBI agent who’d made his way into the group to Jackson, who was the first to tell of Yee’s connections to arms dealers.

“During a meeting with the undercover agent, Yee and Jackson allegedly discussed details of the specific types of weapons the undercover agent was interested in buying and importing,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said to Reuters.

Although the arms deal was never concluded, several meetings were conducted to discuss the arrangement and the FBI asserts it did give Yee cash as part of the process.

As noted by CBS, Yee was an outspoken advocate for gun control, sponsoring legislation that would have closed a loophole in California’s ban on assault weapons – ultimately vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. In an interview with the station, Yee said that despite vocal opposition by gun rights supporters, he felt strongly about limiting access to guns by criminals.

 

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