By Angela Canterbury
Last Thursday, the Senate finally approved at least one vote in Congress for the long-disenfranchised citizens of the nation’s capital. That was the hand that giveth . . .
The other hand promptly took away the commonsense gun control laws put into place by the locally elected government of Washington, D.C.
Senator John Ensign (R-NV) offered an amendment to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act (61-37) that – should become law – could make D.C. one of the most free-wheeling,-gun-toting places in the country. It passed by 62-36. That’s right – more guns got one vote more than democracy.
First of all, what business does Congress have removing safeguards on selling and possessing firearms that meet the standards set by the highest court? The D.C. Council recently amended its local gun laws to comply with a Supreme Court ruling. There is no sound reason for Congress to use extraordinary powers to pre-empt the democratic will of the people of D.C. – especially to make the city less safe. More