Update: An attentive reader alerted me to a typo on my part. Towards the end of this post I meant to say the measure has little chance of passing in the Senate. Instead I typed “house.” It has every chance of passing in the House.
Will someone please explain to me why the majority Republican House of Representatives thinks my family will be safer—in a city where 13 children have been killed by gunfire in the past year—with with more guns on the street, including assault rifles?
A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives is supporting legislation that would repeal virtually all of the District’s gun restrictions, targeting one of the nation’s most stringent handgun bans while the presidential candidates are battling over gun limits.
Rep. Mark Edward Souder (R-Ind.) said House Republican leaders have promised him a vote before the Nov. 2 election on his proposed D.C. Personal Protection Act, which would end a ban on handguns in the nation’s capital; remove a prohibition against semiautomatic weapons; lift registration requirements for ammunition and other firearms; and cancel criminal penalties for possessing unregistered firearms and carrying a handgun in one’s home or workplace.
Once again, the Republican congress rides roughshod over the wishes of D.C. residents, barring even our elected officials from doing what citizens want.
Souder’s bill also would deny the District’s elected officials “authority to enact laws or regulations that discourage or eliminate the private ownership or use of firearms.” The legislation has 228 co-sponsors, more than enough to clear the 435-member House.
Granted, D.C. already has more than its fair share of gun violence, but I don’t understand just how making it easier to get more guns on the streets is going to drive the level of gun violence down. Isn’t that like using gasoline to put out a fire?
Fortunately, the measure has little chance of passing the Senate. But just seeing that headline in the Post on my way to work this morning was enough to make me start grinding my teeth.
I will never understand conservatives.