NRA Lobbyists and Gun Rights Advocates want Loose Canons
First, residents of Washington DC had to wait many lifetimes to earn the right to have representation in Congress. IMO, legislators could have just permitted Maryland or Virginia to annex DC, and let their political representation process take care of the matter. However, there would be civil unrest trying to decide which state would get the District so, we now have Eleanor Holmes Norton as the Representative, duly elected and constitutionally approved.
Constituencies are not permitted to rethink such matters unilaterally. While the USA may have outgrown the need for gun rights provisions, a large percentage of the population still insist on arming themselves. Unfortunately, those who do are the ones for which I have the least trust to be packing, as they say: right wing Republicans and criminals – guess they have a lot in common.
“News Alert: D.C. voting rights bill to be revived in Congress
03:46 PM EDT Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Congressional leaders intend to revive a D.C. voting rights bill on the House floor as early as next week, despite opposition from city leaders to an amendment that would strip most of the District's gun-control laws.”
For more information, visit washingtonpost.com:
“Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the city's non-voting House member, said she is still negotiating to try to weaken the gun amendment, but that she is unwilling to sacrifice the opportunity to win a long-sought voting seat for the District by insisting on a stand-alone bill.
"This is the best chance we've had to get a House vote for D.C. in my lifetime," Norton said. "Nobody would leave it on the table because it's not at all clear when there will be another chance."
A year ago, the Senate passed a voting rights bill for the first time since 1978, but lawmakers attached language that would wipe out most local gun laws and restrict the D.C. Council's power to enact new ones. House leaders shelved the legislation when it became clear that it would be difficult to block the gun amendment.”