In 2010, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) joined NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre for the grand opening of the Clark County Shooting Park and praised guns for their protective and recreational use.
"We hear a lot about guns and self-defense and that's good, I understand that. I was a police officer where I carried a gun and as some of you know during my time being Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, I had a lot of bad people after me and I carried a gun every place I went. So I know what a gun and self-defense is."
(h/t The Right Scoop)
Sen. Feinstein in 1995 on her concealed carry permit: 'I know the urge to arm yourself because that's what I did'