GUN Gun Lobby First

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  1. Soybomb

    Soybomb New Member

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/19/opinion/19fri3.html

    Published: September 18, 2008

    The House stampeded past serious public safety concerns and the democratic rights of residents of the District of Columbia on Wednesday to approve a bill that would gut sensible gun controls in the nation’s capital.

    In all, 85 Democrats joined with a nearly unanimous block of Republican lawmakers to pass the dangerous measure 266 to 152, a reminder that catering to the gun lobby during election season is a bipartisan affliction. The bill was pushed by the National Rifle Association and opposed by the District Police Department.

    Supporters of the bill argued, disingenuously, that the bill was necessary to bring the district in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling in June that struck down the city’s longstanding ban on possessing handguns in the home. In fact, the City Council has already taken steps to comply, and the bill’s aggressive loosening of the district’s gun rules goes far beyond the court’s Second Amendment ruling. The justices explicitly left room for a broad variety of gun regulations.

    In response to the court, the district has lifted its ban on semiautomatic guns. The House bill goes a reckless step further to allow large-capacity ammunition clips that give those weapons extraordinary firepower. It also would end the district’s gun registration system, which aids the police in tracking down violent criminals. Other provisions would remove age restrictions on possessing rifles and shotguns and carve an exception to federal anti-trafficking laws by allowing district residents to cross state lines to purchase handguns in neighboring Maryland and Virginia.

    The bill’s sponsors did bow to bad publicity and eliminated a ridiculous scheme that would have allowed semiautomatic AK-47s and sniper rifles to be carried around the city fully loaded. But the remaining package is harmful enough.

    It tramples on the district’s right to govern itself and makes it harder for the police to protect streets traveled by local residents, government officials, diplomats and dignitaries. Voters also should remember this vote when their elected representatives piously declare their devotion to curbing the influence of rich lobbyists.

    Calling it “the height of folly,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, has vowed to block the bill in the Senate.

    With little time left in the legislative session, we are counting on her to succeed.
     
  2. xpinchx

    xpinchx hes got a nice cock, on the thin side but its stil

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    Wow.
     
  3. konrad109

    konrad109 New Member

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    Is there a way to e-mail the writer?
     
  4. vwpilot

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    Good God the NYTimes is so full of shit its not even funny. Talk about sensationalism at its best.

    They fucked up the very first sentence. This isnt trampling the rights of the residents, its FUCKING PROTECTING THEM ASSHOLES!!!

    Fuck this country is getting so fucked up its not even funny cause more and more people are going right along with this shit.

    Serenity Now!!! LOL
     
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    Even the Brady Bunch writes better than that, wow.
     
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    What an unbiased reporting; I do enjoy reading NY times.
     
  7. hsmith

    hsmith OT Supporter

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    it is op ed :hsugh:
     
  8. GlobeGuy

    GlobeGuy New Member

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    As you can see, I didn't even bother looking at the url or click on the link.
     
  9. HisXLNC

    HisXLNC ๑۩۞۩๑ Hot ๑۩۞۩๑

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    Their regular articles are no better.
     
  10. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    what a crock of shit. i dont see how these people have the ability to walk down the street with stupid, irrational, illogical thinking such as that.
     
  11. McCroskey

    McCroskey Jonny, what can you make out of this? OT Supporter

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    guns are bad....mmmm'kay
     
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    It's because our government has all but completely regulated Darwinism out of existence.

    Back in the day, people like this would die putting a plastic bag over their head or eating lead paint.
     
  13. That idea makes sense to me, why the hell would you want to carry around an empty rifle?
     
  14. NEp8ntballer

    NEp8ntballer New Member

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    maybe they golf with their Moisin? the 91/30 would make a good driver and then you can use a carbine as an iron. and you can pick your poison for a pitching wedge and a putter...
     
  15. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    :rofl: What a fucking slant. Here's another view:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,423962,00.html

    And :rofl: at the bolded part. Are DC politicians really that ignorant of the Constitution?

     
  16. KNYTE

    KNYTE I'm Not Kidding.

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    I'm guessing this is a rhetorical question.
     
  17. konrad109

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    How come this isn't being done for Chicago as well?
     
  18. hsmith

    hsmith OT Supporter

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    Congress has direct control of DC, they can pass any law they want that affects the city - it is written in the Constitution. They have abdicated much of their powers to the DC council though.

    They cannot for other cities.
     

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