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It appears that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer may be putting the DC Voting Rights Act on the back burner to simmer – signaling that DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton’s attempt to extort pro-rights supporters to abandon basic constitutional rights for DC residents through a threat of a bad “Civil Rights” rating for not voting for “clean” bill free of a gun rights amendment, has failed. Hoyer has not signaled that he is completely giving up – saying he expects a bill to pass and be signed by the president by the end of the year – he apparently is just adjusting his timetable to later rather than sooner.

In her letter to the “Blue Dogs” Norton claims that racism is to blame for members of her own party historically opposing “Home Rule” for residents of DC. Scream racism when all else fails.

I’m not going to get in to what people I did not know were thinking 30, 50 or 150 years ago.  I think we can all agree we have some things in our nation’s history that most people today are not proud of – things that were products of the times in which they occurred.  What I do know is Norton and those pushing for a D.C .member in the House conveniently forget that Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution explicitly states:

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States…(emphasis added)

D.C. is a frigging federal district – a city – NOT A STATE!!! So is it asking too much that if we are going to violate the Constitution to give D.C. representation in the House, that we should at least recognize the right of self defense that is enshrined in the Bill of Rights?

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NPR ran this story yesterday on the DC Voting Rights Act/DC Gun Rights Amendment.  The theme of the story was how the big bad NRA injected itself into how the House does its business by making a vote on voting rights for DC without the pro-rights amendment a tabulated vote against the rights of gun owners.

 They found some Indiana representative who said he has always been an NRA supporter to say “But the NRA is wrong on this one.”  In fact, the NPR reporter actually begins the story by asking “What does all this have to do with guns?  Well nothing.”  

 They miss the whole point – that DC has to recognize the rights guaranteed by the Constitution – they can’t pick and choose what they want.  Norton has said she will not entertain a vote on the bill if it includes the pro-rights amendment

The story reports that for her part, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton plans to use a similar tactic by getting “civil rights” organizations to count the vote negatively against any member that votes for what Norton calls a poison pill.  Norton is qouted as saying “we have to get this bill without the amendment.”

Yeah, when was the last time that so-called civil rights interest groups carried the clout of the NRA in an election.  Further, the right to self defense is a basic civil right so a vote for the DC Gun Rights Amendment should be a positve civil rights vote.

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