Many leftist politicians who want to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights say their position is based on concern for the safety of citizens. Somehow, they contend, forcing law-abiding gun-owners to give up their weapons will result in street gangs following suit.
According to a recently unsealed affidavit, however, one state senator in California allegedly wanted to curtail gun rights for everyone except violent gangsters.
State Sen. Leland Yee, the court documents state, was the subject of an FBI raid that led to his arrest Wednesday along with 25 other individuals. Among those arrested was Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a well-known Chinese gang leader.
Though Chow claimed he left his criminal behavior in the past after his 2003 release from prison, evidence indicates he was merely putting a legitimate face on his new illegal behavior. He now faces charges of money laundering and a number of conspiracy charges.
The purportedly reformed crime boss has been praised in recent years by a number of California politicos for his public appearances working with troubled kids. All the while, however, reports indicate he was still deeply involved in his prior activities.
As for Yee, his alleged ties to the investigation stem from his acceptance of bribes from undercover FBI agents in exchange for his intervention on behalf of the ring’s ongoing criminal behavior. He faces charges of wire fraud and, despite his well-documented gun control activism, conspiracy to deal firearms.
He was released Wednesday evening under $500,000 bond and, according to his lawyer, plans to plead not guilty to the charges.
Paul DeMeester said, however, that the “future will hold a lot of work facing this case” against his client.
A Senate spokesperson confirmed the FBI conducted a raid on Yee’s office, though no officials offered a comment regarding the scope of the charges he faces. The affidavit chronicling the complex case is 137 pages long.
His apparent willingness to accept the money from undercover agents was reportedly related to the significant debt he incurred during a failed bid to become San Francisco’s mayor. Currently, Yee is mounting a new campaign to become the state’s secretary of state.
As Fox News reported, Yee is the third Democrat senator to be charged with a crime so far this year. The hypocrisy of a man with his animosity toward gun ownership being involved in such activity, however, gives this case a unique and outrageous twist.
Yee is expected to release a statement Thursday afternoon.
–B. Christopher Agee
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