GOP to D.C.: More Guns, But No Statehood
||Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Republican Party is one step closer to formally opposing statehood for D.C., but it wants us to have more guns, reports the Post:
The Republican platform committee has agreed to add language opposing statehood for the District of Columbia.
The District will get its own section of the Republican platform. In it, the GOP will urge the D.C. Council to expand gun rights in the city. They will also oppose allowing the District to achieve statehood status, a proposal urged by Indiana delegate James Bopp, a constitutional scholar.
The proposal on gun rights was put forth by Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, the organization whose D.C. offices were attacked last week by alleged shooter Floyd Lee Corkins II.
Congressional Republicans have never been shy in pushing gun rights, regularly introducing legislation to gut the city's gun laws. In that sense, that the GOP is asking that the D.C. Council expand gun rights is certainly an improvement.
The D.C. Republican Party has asked that D.C. be granted a voting seat in the House and additional autonomy, though it stopped short from calling for full statehood. It also asked the D.C. Council to respect Second Amendment rights.
"We respect the design of the Framers of the Constitution that gave our Nation’s Capital a unique status entailing special oversight and financial responsibilities for the federal government. However, this status should not preclude the historic tradition of the Republican Party since its founding in 1854 in support of voting representation in Congress and home rule for citizens residing in the District of Columbia," said the D.C. GOP in its recommendations to the national GOP.
D.C. Democrats have tried to push the Democratic Party in the opposite direction, recently having advocated that D.C. statehood be added to the party's platform ahead of the convention in Charlotte.
The last time that a large number of Americans were taxed, unrepresented and armed to the teeth was...oh wait.