Mark Souder, declaring “the time is now for Congress to step in to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans” – at least those in Washington, D.C. – has decided to stick his nose into the Washington, D.C. gun battle. It isn’t enough for Souder that the Second Amendment has now been interpreted in a friendly way for gun enthusiasts and owners; Souder thinks that D.C. cannot manage its own regulations fast enough now that its laws have been struck down.
Souder recently introduced a gun bill co-sponsored by Mike Ross (D-Ark.) aimed at weakening D.C. laws before D.C. legislators have had a chance to enact legislation in line with the June Supreme court decision of Heller v. D.C. The Bill isn’t aimed at nationwide application, which would be understandable since Congress passes laws that impact the nation as a whole. Instead, the Bill is aimed specifically at D.C.
Souder apparently thought two months was long enough to get everything straightened out in D.C. But the Bill stalled in committee.
Not to be deterred, Souder has now introduced a discharge petition which would allow the measure to bypass House committees. His object is to force the Democratic majority to allow the full chamber to vote on it. Naturally, those in Washington, D.C. are upset, and rightly so.
I just have to ask, “Who does Souder think he is?” Would Souder sit quietly by while representatives from sister states introduced bills specifically aimed at addressing issues in Indiana? I think not. His arrogance when it comes to his self-image, his power, and his righteousness is staggering.
But, even if the Ross-Souder bill passes the House, there is no guarantee that it would become law. The bill probably would not make it through the Senate this year because they appear to be deadlocked. Perhaps by that time, D.C. will have modified its laws to suit Souder’s tastes.
Souder recently made a commercial in which he opines that he just doesn’t have time to campaign because is “too busy” taking care of his constituents here in the Third District. Perhaps he should mind his own business as well as the Third District’s business.
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