BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Congressional Democrats claim at every turn they â€œsupport the Second Amendment,â€ but the truth came out Thursday when they pulled a coveted District of Columbia voting rights bill because of an amendment that would have ended the long-standing handgun ban.
â€œThis shows the true colors of the Democrat leadership,â€ Alan M. Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms stated. â€œIt should have been easy for the Democrat caucus to agree to the Republican-sponsored amendment, because of the recent federal appeals court ruling that declared the handgun ban unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.
â€œInstead,â€ Gottlieb said, â€œDemocrats proved once again that all their avowed support for the Second Amendment is nothing but empty rhetoric. House Democrats had a chance to stand up and be counted, but instead they ran for cover, afraid to have a recorded vote prove that, as a party and as individuals, they remain as anti-gun as ever.â€
Republicans attached an amendment to the District voting rights measure that would have essentially restored the Bill of Rights to Washington, D.C. residents. The bill would give District residents full representation in the House of Representatives. Itâ€™s a bill Democrats want because the District is heavily Democrat.
â€œWith this delay over the addition of a gun rights amendment,â€ Gottlieb observed, â€œHouse Democrats have demonstrated a new low in moral hypocrisy that, frankly, just didnâ€™t seem possible. It has taken Democrats only three months to erase the years of promises and pontificating theyâ€™ve done, trying to convince American voters, and particularly the nationâ€™s 90 million gun owners, that they are not the party of gun control.
â€œYet here they are, sacrificing full House representation for a huge constituency, rather than face a vote on a simple gun rights amendment,â€ he concluded. â€œDemocrats can call this anything they want, they can join the New York Times in blaming Republicans for this debacle, but the truth is simpler and more insidious. If Democrats do not support gun rights for citizens of the District, they donâ€™t support gun rights for citizens anywhere else.â€