09 September 2008

U.S. House To Vote Today On DC Gun Bill

Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, 10:26 pm -- More from The Hill on the chances of this bill passing both a House committee and the potential for success during a floor vote of the entire U.S. House of Representatives.

In a look at how much the firearms debate has swung toward self reliance, individual Second Amendment rights, and against crime and meaningless laws, the United States House of Representatives is poised to vote on a bill that would repeal the District of Columbia's remaining gun laws.

That Speaker Pelosi is letting this bill even get to a vote is fascinating, and shows just how much, as Dave Hardy notes, that even the traditionally anti-gun Left wants to show that it now supports all 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, including even the demonized Second Amendment. Most importantly, it would legally enable DC residents to purchase a firearm in neighboring states, and eliminate the ridiculous prohibition on semi-auto handguns.

Though there will be some testimony against this important citizen safety legislation from DC police, who have been powerless to stop violent crime -- the very reason why Dick Heller and others went to court and ultimately prevailed with a Supreme Court ruling saying the 36-year ban on all handguns was unconstitutional.

Powers that be say the bill stands a good chance of passing due to strong bi-partisan support. Even if it doesn't, Pelosi and the anti-gun leadership will be able to point to this day and say, "hey, we're not against guns." Why? Because they need pro self defense voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan to come out for Sen. Obama in November. And the record on firearms by both Obama and Pelosi and her cronies is poor. Call it self-imposed rehabilitation. They still hate guns (remember, hate is a sickness), but some politicos will do anything to win.

And as the old saying goes, nothing motivates the mind of politicians more than the prospect of an election.

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