‘I tried to get a pulse …’

If you want to understand Dianne Feinstein on guns, watch this video recollection of Nov. 27, 1978, the day George Moscone & Harvey Milk were assassinated in San Francisco City Hall. When one of your memories is of putting a finger through a bullet hole in a friend as you try to save him, you know violence in a way no one ever should.

For those about to have a kneejerk reaction, this helps explains her passion. It’s not about policy — it’s about why gun safety matters so much to her.

Thanks to Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo for sharing this video and for taking the time to try to unpeel some of this for people watching the politics — like today’s testy exchange with Ted Cruz — without understanding that passion.