BELLEVUE, WA â€“ When the House of Representatives adopted legislation Wednesday to force the District of Columbia to abide by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment earlier this year, five Washington State Democrats turned their backs on their colleagues who supported this important civil rights measure.
The Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said Evergreen State voters deserve to know why. CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb suggested that voters in the stateâ€™s First, Second, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth congressional districts ask Reps. Jay Inslee, Rick Larsen, Norm Dicks, Jim McDermott and Adam Smith why they have a problem with District of Columbia residents exercising their right to keep a firearm in their home for personal protection.
â€œThis legislation was written by Rep. Travis Childers, a Mississippi Democrat, co-sponsored by some 50 Democrats and supported by 85 Democrats, including Washingtonâ€™s own Third District Rep. Brian Baird,â€ Gottlieb noted. â€œIn June, the Supreme Court struck down the Districtâ€™s 30-year-old handgun ban as a violation of the Second Amendment. This bill makes it possible for District residents to exercise their regained civil right.
â€œEvery one of these Washington State Democrats, perhaps with the exception of McDermott, tells voters in their districts that they support the Second Amendment,â€ he observed. â€œBut when the opportunity came to demonstrate that support by voting for a bill that strengthens gun rights for their fellow citizens living in the District of Columbia, all five of these men turned their backs on the Constitution, a document they swore an oath to uphold.
â€œRepresentative Baird joined 84 of his fellow Democrats and voted for this measure,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œAlso supporting this important legislation were Washington Republicans Doc Hastings, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dave Reichert.
â€œWe can only surmise that Dicks, McDermott, Smith, Inslee and Larsen either succumbed to the hysteria launched against this measure,â€ Gottlieb concluded, â€œor that their professed support for the Second Amendment is empty rhetoric, used only at election time, to fool voters in their district. Those voters deserve an explanation.â€