Senator Feinstein Said That  “All Vets Are Mentally Ill”-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Angry emails have gone viral alleging that California Senator Dianne Feinstein, in a appeal for more gun control, made a comment calling all veterans mentally ill.

The Truth:

On March 7, 2013 Senator Feinstein addressed a Senate Judiciary Committee about the need for stricter gun control, noting the rise in cases of post traumatic stress disorder from the war in Iraq and saying, “that a veteran may be mentally ill and should be prevented from purchasing firearms.”    This according to a March 8, 2013 article by Real Clear Politics.

The Senator said, “The problem with expanding this is that, you know, with the advent of PTSD, which I think is a new phenomenon as a product of the Iraq War, it’s not clear how the seller or transferrer of a firearm covered by this bill would verify that an individual was a member, or a veteran, and that there was no impairment of that individual with respect to having a weapon like this. ”

Some people misunderstood her to mean all veterans, which resulted in a tirade of emails going viral on the World Wide Web.

Posted 04/10/13

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

The following is all true but what can be said about the people who vote them into office time and time again?

Dianne Feinstein: “All vets are mentally ill and government should prevent them from owning firearms”

Kurt Nimmo: “Senator Feinstein insults all U.S. Veterans as she flays about in a vain attempt to save her bill.”

Quote of the Day from the Los Angeles Times:

“Frankly, I don’t know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office.  I’m not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we’re Number One. There’s no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on ‘Macbeth’. The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don’t know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words.”