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I hope this blog will provoke some thoughtful reflection about the issue of guns and gun violence. I am passionate about the issue and would love to change some misperceptions and the culture of gun violence in America by sharing with readers words, photos, videos and clips from articles to promote common sense about gun issues. Many of you will agree with me- some will not. I am only one person but one among many who think it's time to do something about this national problem. The views expressed by me in this blog do not represent any group with which I am associated but are rather my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dodged a bullet

It's a sad day for the D.C. citizens who will not get a vote on their representation in Congress. For many years, the citizens of Washington D.C. have lobbied to have a vote in the House of Representatives. These people vote and pay taxes like the rest of us but are not represented with a vote in Congress. They have a Delegate to the House, Eleanor Holmes Norton, but not a vote. Last week, it looked like that vote might finally get to the floor. If it had, it would have come with provisions, supported by Representatives who are heavily influenced by the NRA, to gut the gun laws of the city. Essentially, the NRA killed the bill with their insistence on allowing residents of D.C. to carry assault weapons and loaded concealed guns on the streets of the Nation's Capitol. Can you think of a worse idea? Tourists from all over the world and American families visit the Capitol in throngs. It is a beautiful, peaceful city full of national treasures. Dignitaries and elected leaders congregate in various places in the city. Many visit the city for business as well.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer rightly determined that allowing the bill to come up for a vote with the attached NRA provisions, was too high a price to pay for giving D.C. residents the right to vote. Those of us involved in the gun violence prevention movement organized our activists to send e-mails to D.C. Mayor Fenty and phone calls to Delegate Norton's office. It worked. We stood up for the rights of the residents of D.C. and the millions of visitors to the Capitol to be safe from more and more guns on the streets of the city. It's a victory for common sense and public safety. It should be a message to our Congress, President and the NRA that sometimes doing the right thing trumps doing the bidding of the gun lobby. Compromising your principals is sometimes just not worth it. Thankfully, that message was delivered loudly and clearly. Let's hope that D.C. residents can get an up or down vote on their right to be represented in Congress without having to put up with dangerous amendments pushed by those who would have guns carried by everyone everywhere.

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