politics: our Congress shot us down
This is a snippet from Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Summer mailing, the leading story was about her efforts to get a DC voting rights bill passed in Congress:
I realize that things are rarely as cut and dry as a summary makes them seem, but wow. I kinda knew something about a gun rider being attached to the bill, but I didn’t realize its intent was–apparently–to nullify DC’s gun legislation. That’s just some crazy talk, man. I realize that the gun lobby is very powerful, but don’t they read the District’s daily headlines?
A conspiracy theorist might rank this one right up there with the same urban area whispers about crack and AIDS, “make it easier for them to kill each other” n’ all.
Ah, I needed that. For someone that lives in DC, I’m not really into politics. I understand how the game is played, but this just seems like such a bonehead maneuver*. Clearly these conservative politicians and lobbyists live in the Limbaugh/O’Reilly-verse. They can say and do anything and if people actually take notice of it and call them on it, they can change the past at the drop of a hat and say that it never happened.
Ah well, happy Hump Day and hey, let’s be careful out there.
* Sadly, there is no video on YouTube of Claudia Christian saying it.
Awesome video. That bill gives me a headache. What are they trying to do, turn DC into Philadelphia?
Actually, the amendment put forth by the NRA likely wouldn’t even have been considered had the DC City Council not been a bunch of incredible idiots and passed gun laws/regulations which were completely in violation of the Supreme Court’s Heller decision (overturning the original gun ban as unconstitutional). The Council had a chance to act, and put in place reasonable regulations which did not interfere with the constitution, but instead they put in place something almost as egregious as the original legislation, thus inviting more litigation from the Heller parties (yay, more tax money spent defending losing cases!), and bringing the NRA’s political weight to bear on us. In other words, this was avoidable if the Council had a clue.
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I have to second Moose on that one. The council acted like a bunch of teens. Rather than deal with the situation as it was, they threw a fit and challenged the world. “You can’t make me, you can’t make me.” Sooner or later, someone will make them.
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