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Yee Named 'Elected Official of the Year' By Davis Vanguard

The award was presented to him for his social justice work. Meanwhile, he is hard at work trying to ban the 'bullet button.'

The Davis Vanguard, a nonprofit news organization based in Davis, has named California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) its "Elected Official of the Year" in its annual Vanguard Awards, for his social justice work.

Each year, the Vanguard Awards honor the work of individuals and organizations in the realm of social justice. Yee has authored several bills regarding juvenile justice, civil rights, and open government.

“Senator Yee was honored as the Vanguard Elected Official of the Year for his outstanding advocacy for transparency and accountability of government, and his strong record of support for the little people in our society,” said David Greenwald, executive director of the Davis Vanguard.

“I am honored by this recognition and proud of the work we have done for the most vulnerable in our society,” said Yee. “The Davis Vanguard has done a tremendous job of highlighting injustice within our community while also acknowledging the tremendous positive work that is being done in the Davis area and beyond.”

Currently, one of Yee's biggest efforts is to ban the "bullet button." Though assault rifles with removable magazines are banned in California, Yee says the "bullet button" acts as a legal loophole to still allow assault weapons such as AR-15s and AK-47s to be reloaded easily and quickly.

The bullet button circumvents the law because all a shooter needs to do is stick the tip of a bullet in a small hole to remove the magazine quickly. Yet, because the magazine cannot be removed by a finger alone, it is considered a "fixed" magazine, which is legal.

Particularly in light of the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shootings, Yee is pushing even harder to get his bill, SB 249, passed by the State Legislature.

"These events are shocking to all of us, and sadly remind us of the carnage that is possible when assault weapons get into the wrong hands," Yee said in a statement released July 20, the morning of the shooting. "It is imperative that we take every step possible to eliminate the types of senseless killings witnessed in Aurora, Colorado."

"We must limit access to weapons that can carry massive rounds of bullets or that can be easily reloaded. SB 249 is a step in that direction and should be approved by the Legislature as soon as possible.”

 

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John Hancock August 02, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Yee is a joke and a crook - and anyone involved with nominating him for any award should be ashamed of themselves. On that note: "I think it should be a felony when politicians violate the Constitution after they've sworn an oath to defend it.
Wassim Absood August 03, 2012 at 02:12 AM
As a committed Democrat and lifelong liberal I am appalled by State Senator Yee's outrageous assault on our civil liberties. The Davis Vanguard should be ashamed of themselves for 'honoring' such a person. I never thought I'd say this, but if I were a constituent, I would vote for the Republican candidate.
ThisisafriginJoke August 03, 2012 at 02:28 PM
What has this elected official done to fix the budget crisis in this state? NOTHING. What has this elected official done to stop run away taxes in this state? NOTHING What has this elected official done to create jobs in this state? NOTHING What has this elected official done to stop fun away illegal immigration in this state? NOTHING What has this elected official done to protect the rights and liberties of the people of this state? NOTHING What has this elected official done for this state period? Spend millions of tax dollars creating laws that destroy intellectual rights as well as the person rights, liberties and freedoms of his fellow Californian's and he is awarded for it? The Davis Vanguard must love people that do nothing for this state so this award must be just that, nothing. There sure is nothing like doing nothing but bad things to a state and getting rewarded for it. Well further investigation shows that the Davis Vanguard is just a hack online news journal of ultra liberal views backing Assembly Bill 1831 a bill that would prohibit employers from asking about criminal back ground of potential employees. Setting them up for future litigation should the employee engage in criminal behavior on the job. Nice to think that the school district couldn't check the back ground of a potential teacher for child molestation. No wonder they love Yee.
Darkwolfe August 03, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Yee is an exemplary corrupt politician,all he knows is how to introduce legislation to the detriment of the people of the State of California and how to drive more business out of State.
mark August 04, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Adam Keigwin is going to be an unemployable hack of a community organizer once we run him out of Yees office after Yee is gone. No on sb249. We believe in Freedom here bud.

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