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Repeal of gun ban is being attached to DC Voting Rights Act

My friends Andy and Tim are telling me that the Senate is adding a repeal of the DC gun ban to the DC House Voting Rights Act. This essentially circumvents the DC City Council, and is just a ridiculous thing to do.

Worse, it seems likely to pass.

I don’t have access to CSPAN-2, but that is where he is watching if you care to tune in.

Haven’t found anything about it online, I’ll post a link when I can find one. If you happen to find anything about it online, post in the comments section.

Update: Tim made a good point just now, this thing is probably going to be struck down by the courts, so this all could be a moot point.

Update Again: The amendment itself would drop criminal penalties for possessing unregistered firearms inside the District of Columbia, and repeal the post-Heller gun registration regulations adopted by the D.C. Council.

Riffing hard from opposing views, here is what the Ensign amendment would do:

  • The amendment would allow D.C. residents to cross state lines to buy handguns in neighboring states
  • The amendment would bar D.C. from passing any law that would “prohibit, constructively prohibit, or unduly burden” gun ownership by anyone not barred by federal gun laws
  • The amendment repeals D.C.’s ban on .50 caliber sniper rifles, military-style semiautomatic assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines
  • The amendment repeals D.C.’s requirements that semiautomatic pistols manufactured after January 1, 2011, be microstamp-ready.
  • The amendment repeals many restrictions on who can own guns in favor of Federal restrictions. This includes; the prohibition on most persons under age 21 from possessing firearms (now 18), the prohibition on gun possession by anyone who has
    committed a violent crime or recent drug crime (that allows some who have committed violent crimes to possess hand guns), the prohibition on gun possession by anyone voluntarily committed to a mental institution in the last 5 years (unless they have a doctor’s certification), and the prohibition in D.C. law on gun possession by anyone who does not pass a vision test, including if they are blind
  • The amendment would repeal safe storage requirements and prohibit D.C. from enacting new safe storage laws,
  • The amendment would repeal even the most basic gun registration requirements** (**this seems fishy, I’m not sure if this is true, I’m going to check on this)

Thanks to Carly for the link.

And it just passed with 61 votes.

If I got anything wrong, let me know. Also, like I said, this is probably going to be struck down in the courts, so everyone take a deep breath.

The Updates Rain Down Upon Us: My friend Morgan brings up another good point. This still has to go through Conference, and the chances that it makes it through Conference with the gun provisions intact is small, if even existent at all.

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February 26, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , | 6 Comments

The “Oh God” heard round the world

From Real Clear Politics:

As Gov. Jindal prepares to give the Republican response to Obama’s address, an MSNBC host or producer was heard off camera muttering “Oh God.”

The remark came after host Keith Olbermann paused the panel’s discussion as Gov. Jindal was walking to the camera.

Turns out it was your friend and mine Chris Matthews:

I was taken aback by that peculiar stagecraft, the walking from somewhere in the back of this narrow hall, this winding staircase looming there, the odd anti-bellum look of the scene. Was this some mimicking of a president walking along the state floor to the East Room?

Chris Matthews must be Nostradamus because his pre-speech “oh God” happened to be exactly what many on both sides of the aisle were saying during and after the speech.

A lot has been made over where exactly Jindal went wrong; was it the delivery of the speech? The production? The substance?

I would argue all three.

The delivery was probably the worst of it all. Yes, Governor Jindal sounded like Kenneth the page, but that is beside the point. When you’re delivering a speech of this magnitude the delivery is one of the most important aspects of it. Governor Jindal sounded rushed, out of his element, uncomfortable, and just plane strange. If the delivery is off, it doesn’t matter if you are announcing a cure for cancer, it will be flat, and Governor Jindal fell flat.

As for the production, it fell just as short. Chris Matthews is right. The slow walk out to the non existent podium subtly but intentionally brought to mind a President making a speech to the American people. It didn’t work. It was distracting.

And most importantly, the substance of the speech was all wrong.

This is the Republican response to one of the most important economic speeches in the last two decades. Using the first two minutes of said response to give your first Presidential Campaign bio pitch and then littering the rest of the speech with subtle references to your record in Louisiana was way off base. Ther American people don’t care.

And are you kidding me with evoking Hurricane Katrina? Have we forgotten which party was in power during Hurricane Katrina? If the Republicans are going to blast Democrats and say “the failure of the stimulus will be on the shoulders of the Democratic President and Democratically led Congress” can’t we say “the failure of the stimulus is on the shoulders of the Republican President and the Republican led Congress?” And did you forget the billions in federal aid that Louisiana received before and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? You didn’t seem to have an issue with the federal Government then.

And even if you can get past the campaign speech, the absurd Hurricane Katrina reference, the deceitful digs about where stimulus money is going, the flat one liners that gave off not even the smallest impression that Republicans have the slightest idea about how to strengthen and eventually fix our economy, and the discussion of a non existent Republican health care plan, Governor Jindal’s speech was just bad.

President Obama spent 45 minutes laying out the Democrats’ strategy on the economy. Governor Jindal spent 12 minutes talking about how bad the Democrats are and pitching himself for President in 4 years. That is not a rebuttal. A rebuttal implies discussing why the opposing side is wrong and offering up ones own ideas. It’s also not an adequate response. Because people are terrified right now. There is only a small percentage of Americans who can ever remember the economy being as bad as it is right now. People want ideas and plans. Any and all. The more the better. Governor Jindal provided none, and that is why he is getting universally panned.

February 25, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , | 1 Comment