“Boehner: If Senate Passes, House Will ‘Consider’ Gun Control Legislation”
They are only your representatives in that you elect them over Democrats. But that doesn’t mean they’re committed to representing your interests. Because the truth is, they have to represent their own interests first and foremost, and that oftentimes requires that they vote for things like gun control or the Violence Against Women Act (read, the “you can’t use unpleasant language against the transgendering for fear of violating federal law” act) so that the liberal press won’t accuse them of being pro violence against women, or pro slaughter of grade school kids by “assault weapons”.
– Which allows them to get re-elected. So that they can ignore your interests and represent their own. In your name.
Katrina Trinko, NRO:
The House will “consider” gun control legislation if passed by the Senate, House speaker John Boehner said today.
“I’ve made clear if the Senate acts on gun control legislation, the House will consider it,” Boehner said on Meet the Press.
“We need to look at more than just guns,” Boehner remarked. “We need to look at violence in our society. You know, we’ve got a violent society. And if you’ve looked at all these mass shootings, what you see is the people who perpetrated these crimes all had a history of mental illness. And so where’s the nexus? And how do we ensure that we keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them?”
Easy. Ban mental illness. Problem solved!
Also, someone should tell Boehner that he needn’t parrot the lies of the left or engage in the debate on their terms. The truth is, we have a society in which the murder rates are relatively low, historically speaking; and the government can’t really “ensure” that bad people wont get their hands on guns, unless maybe they are willing to pass a law banning hands.
The only thing Congress can “do” about the non-epidemic of gun violence is leave in place the natural right of people to keep and bear arms for their own defense, the defense of their families and property, and the defense of their country. Creating conditions under which only government functionaries and criminals have ready access to high-capacity magazines or rifles with ergonomic aids like adjustable stocks or pistol grips, etc., is counterintuitive, counter productive, and — if we still lived in America — obviously unconstitutional.
So here’s my advice to Mr Boehner: don’t “consider” gun control legislation too long or too hard. Because we know you want to cave and show that you “care” about “preventing gun violence,” even if by doing so you set up the mechanism by which the government can eventually disarm more and more people, using “mental health” (under Obamacare, the federal government will have access to medical records; how long do you believe they’ll wait before anti-depressants, anti-convulsives, sleep aids, ADHD medication, etc., become grounds for disallowing gun ownership?) to nose its way past the 2nd Amendment’s inherent protections.