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In Case You Missed It: D.C. Vote Bill Struggles in House; Council Blasts Gun Riders

Supporters on the D.C. voting rights bill in the U.S. House are scrambling to figure out how to get a bill through without a gun rider, as Mary Beth Sheridan and Nikita Stewart report this morning in the Washington Post. Once again, the D.C. Council finds itself fighting for autonomy. Hamil Harris captured the council's news conference yesterday afternoon against gun riders being attached to the D.C. vote bill.

By Marcia Davis  |  March 4, 2009; 6:50 AM ET
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Does anyone at the Post note the irony that the voting rights law is unconstitutional, but the gun rider is actually intended to expand constitutional rights?

Posted by: sschlein | March 4, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm proud of the City Council for standing up for DC's local gun safety laws.

Re: the previous comment, thankfully, NRA apologists don't get to make gun laws in this country. Our city has passed a new gun law in conformance with the Heller decision, and that law should stand unless it is overturned by the courts (who generally understand the constitution better than the NRA).

Posted by: keshinil1 | March 4, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

If I did not know any different, I would think that George Orwell's book, Animal Farm, was written as a parallel to the DC Council. I wonder how many on the council have read this book or a book for that matter.
sschlein: I truly do not think that anyone who is against the gun rider provision understands that DC residents would be getting more freedom and rights as a result of the rider. I have never met anyone who actually wants to give up their rights, but apparently they are all over the place in DC. How is the DC council supposed to be taken seriously when they want representation in congress, but want to curb its own citizens' rights? Could it be that the DC council is completely off base with its demands? Does anyone else think they are behaving like stubborn four year olds? They had the opportunity to get representation and then scuttled it because they were not willing to compromise on a measure that would give their citizens more liberty. Without the gun rider; they have lost all hope of getting representation. DC residents can thank their own council for that missed opportunity.
When DC residents finally get their full second amendment rights and crime drops; I bet they will attribute that to some other phenomena.
So the fight continues...meanwhile the criminals get guns and carry them around with reckless fearless abandon, in fact, they are in the news today; stories in this very paper.
At least there are people like you that still have the ability to think rationally and independently.

Posted by: civilrightist | March 4, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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