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Kwame Brown: Hit John Ensign Where It Hurts

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) clearly has little respect for home rule and the unique local situation of the District of Columbia—that would be why he chose to gut D.C.'s gun laws through a amendment to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act. So why should Congress respect his home state's unique local institutions?

Like legalized prostitution.

That would be the thinking of At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown, who has penned a letter asking Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and House majority leader Steny Hoyer to introduce something called the "Roses" amendment.

"The 'Roses Amendment,'" Brown writes, "would revise the Mann Act by prohibiting US citizens from crossing state borders to solicit sex in states where prostitution is legal. The amendment would further prohibit these states from using the Internet as a portal to advertise or solicit prostitution. Furthermore, the amendment would make it illegal to complete financial transactions where electronic data or information is shared with any entity located outside of the state for which prostitution is legalized."

Talk about hitting him where it hurts.

Brown explains his reasoning thusly: "If elected officials from states, namely Nevada, can introduce legislation that alters the local laws of the District, I believe the District should offer an amendment that imposes our moral values on such states where prostitution is legal."

As for the name of the bill? "I believe we should fight guns with roses," he writes.

Wow. Wonder what Axl would do?

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  • Skipper

    If this is what passes as leadership on the Council, we're royally screwed.

  • Adams Morgan

    I say good for least he's doing something, which is more than you can for the other 12 and for the Mayor who all but said that D.C. is just going to have to suck it up as far the gun amendment goes...

  • KCinDC

    AM, Cheh did suggest an amendment saying that any repeal of gun restrictions Congress imposed on the city should also apply on the Capitol grounds.

  • dcec


    Which shows what a moron Cheh is. The Ensign amendment would not impact DC's right to controlled concealed carry laws.