Those of you who read my stuff carefully, know that I was very distressed when the Supreme Court overruled US. v Miller recently.
But even more distressing to me was Obama’s support for the Court’s decision. ( more about that in a future post)
Why do these seeming academic issues matter?
Well, the particular case at issue, dealt with the gun control laws in Washington D.C.
For those who have never been there, DC is a truly dichotomous place. Perhaps more so than any other American city.
There is the capital district. Clean, beautiful, practically crime free.
Then there is the rest of the non government part of the city. Crime ridden, and one of the murder capitols of the US.
D.C. is run by a combination of the city government, and since it is not part of a State, the Congress.
As a result of the Supreme Court decision, the House has just passed one of the most aggressively pro gun laws in memory.
If this passes the Senate, it would now be legal to walk down the street with an AK-47!!
Gun registration regulations have been eliminated.
In fact, in the original bill, the semi automatic weapons would have been allowed to be carried with expanded magazines!!! Luckily the sponsors were embarrassed into taking that part out.
But the bill passed with full bipartisan support.
Thankfully, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has vowed to block the Senate version of the bill. We can only hope she succeeds.