I was in a daze when I heard the story the first time. I hadn’t had my coffee yet. I was still kinda asleep after a night of tossing and turning. But then, I heard it again. The story was real.
Let’s get some stuff straight before I launch into what I suspect will be a tirade. I like guns. While I don’t own one myself, I think that the general population should be allowed to own firearms, especially for home protection. No, I’m not one of those “Hey, let’s all Open Carry!” guys, and it’s unlikely that I’d stand up and argue for a Concealed Carry Permit in the District. But I am for the individual’s right to bear arms for self-preservation, and that’s my belief no matter where you are in the United States.
So, along comes the new District gun law, which seems designed to be one-way ticket right back to the Supreme Court. Despite having been reviewed by actual lawyers, some of whom I believe may have failed basic reading comprehension tests, the law seems to fail the tests set up by Heller, which means the lawsuit’s coming just about any second now.
Of course, responding to City Council is Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN. Of course.) who wants to cram a law down the throats of the District at-large to override the law that is being proposed by the DC City Council. Specifically, he’s against the prohibition of Semi-Automatic Weapons, the provision for licensure of the weapons, and the only provision he should even open his mouth about, the storage requirements in the home.
There is nothing more irksome and hypocritical than a Republican Congressman harping on the District’s laws. I mean, I understand you’re in Congress and it’s your job to make life difficult for the common man, but you’re really only supposed to do that for people in your home district. You’re now messing with people who didn’t even elect you, and for the most part live 456 miles from your District.
I suppose, though, that we deserve some credit for allowing such idiocy as the new Emergency Gun Legislation to pass, which bring about such lunatics as Souder, but seriously? This is stupid. This is beyond stupid. And it may yet cause me a stroke if we don’t make it stop before too much longer.