House votes to override D.C. gun laws

Yeah like who are those guys on the Supreme Court and just who do they represent...

Yeah like who are those guys on the Supreme Court and just who do they represent...

House votes to override D.C. gun laws; Broun and Lewis take opposite sides
Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 12:53 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Late last night, the U.S. House voted to rewrite the District of Columbia’s rules on gun ownership. Two Georgia congressmen took part in the argument.

The bill was sponsored by a Democrat, newly elected Travis Childers of Mississippi, and was backed by the National Rifle Association.

This June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the district’s 32-year ban on handguns, and the district’s requirement that other home firearms be stored disassembled, or bound by trigger locks.

In response, the District’s local government set up a registration process for revolvers, but continued to ban most semiautomatic pistols — and kept the requirement that guns be stored in pieces, or trigger-locked.

The House legislation was prompted by Second Amendment advocates who accused D.C. officials of giving only lip-service to a Supreme Court decision that for the first time declared possession of firearms to be part of an individual right to self-defense.

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens) jumped in on the side of gun advocates, coming out against not just robbery or rape, but pillaging, too. Which was no doubt a reference to the lobbying industry.

Said Broun:

”It’s inane to think that somebody can’t have a gun and own that gun and have it loaded.

“It’s inane to think that somebody has to have a gun unloaded or locked or taken apart because if somebody’s breaking into your house, if they’re robbing, raping, pillaging, you don’t have time to put those firearms together, even the loaded firearm.”

The Athens congressman was followed by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who offered a defense of the District’s right to make it’s own rules:

“Some of my friends have fought tooth and nail against too much government intervention. So how could you suggest tonight that Congress circumvent, disregard, and disrespect the rights and freedom of the citizens of this city?

“D.C. residents have made it crystal clear they want to limit the proliferation of guns in Washington to protect all of its citizens, including members of Congress, staffers, even the president of the United States, who all live and work in this city.

“The amendment would nullify the will of hundreds of thousands of voting Americans like they don’t even exist. They are citizens of America. They are human beings.

“We all heard the news of a few weeks ago: 11 people were shot, wounded, some even died on the streets of Washington in one night….You may believe what you will. Maybe you truly think that when everyone bears arms, the city will really be safer. You have a right to your opinion, but we are here tonight to say the people of the District of Columbia do not agree.

“And they should not have your way of life, your viewpoint, your amendment forced down their throat. “

The bill passed easily, but has an uncertain future in the Senate. But it did allow some Democrats the November protection that comes with supporting a pro-NRA bill.

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