A House vote for the District? Not at this price.
By Michael D. Brown
Finally getting the District a vote in the House is appealing [“Deal on D.C. vote in House to be revived,” Metro, April 15], but unfortunately it comes at too high a cost. D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) is right to have said that “it’s wrong, it’s undemocratic, and it’s insulting” to have to cede our right to self-determination to get back part of the rights that Thomas Jefferson said were ours at birth.
In addition, supporting legislation relinquishing our right to regulate guns in our community would be crazy. Three weeks ago, a drive-by shooting involving a 14-year-old resulted in four dead and five wounded. Is this really the time to take control of our gun laws away from the D.C. Council and turn them over to the National Rifle Association — especially in light of the fact that a federal judge just upheld the rewrite of D.C. gun laws after the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller?
After all the effort that has been put into this, I am sad to say, that if this bill does pass with the current gun amendment, it will be more of a victory for the NRA than for the people of the District. A half-vote is not worth our dignity, our right to self-determination or our public safety.
We want our full rights and we want them now. No deals that compromise our safety, no groveling for that which rightly belongs to us. It is time that we are recognized for the good American citizens we have always been. It’s time to make us equal. It’s time to make us a state.
The writer, a Democrat, is the shadow senator for the District of Columbia.
| April 19, 2010; 7:18 PM ET
Categories: D.C., DC Vote, HotTopic, guns | Tags: D.C. gun rights, D.C. voting rights, District of Columbia v. Heller, Michael D. Brown
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