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Kentucky Paper Slams Rep. Massie and Sen. Paul for Interfering with D.C. Gun Laws

It's no surprise that D.C. residents aren't fans of Republican Rep. Thomas Massie and Sen. Rand Paul meddling with local D.C. laws. But the two aren't getting much love from a home state newspaper, either.

Louisville's Courier-Journal's editorial board published a piece Thursday slamming their representatives for introducing amendments in their respective chambers that would gut D.C.'s gun laws. The piece points out the hypocrisy that the Republicans purport they want less government for the people in Kentucky, but are forcing more government on the people of D.C.

A couple of members of Kentucky's Congressional delegation who claim to want government out of our lives want to force more of it on the District of Columbia.

Tea party favorites Rep. Thomas Massie and Sen. Rand Paul, libertarian-leaning Republicans, are pushing measures in Congress to roll back Washington D.C.'s strict gun laws adopted by its officials to try to reduce gun violence in the nation's capital, WFPL reports.

...The delegate from Washington has no floor vote, which means [Eleanor Holmes] Norton could only complain about the gun measure but not vote against it.

That sounds like taxation without representation, something anyone who purports to love liberty ought to oppose.

Read the full editorial here.

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  • E. Masquinongy

    I'd gladly trade fewer gun restrictions for representation in Congress. Sadly this was a trade Ms. Norton would not, nor will not, make.

  • Typical DC BS

    E.Masquinongy - great point. Heaven forbid that Norton accomplish something at the expense of crossing her fellow left wing morons.

  • Ryan

    @Typical DC BS - You really seem to hate DC and it's residents, where do you live?

  • E. Masquinongy

    @Typical -- either she lacks courage to make the polical 'bargain with the devil', or she hasn't figured out her priorities. I can't tell which is worse.

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  • Kevin

    We shouldn't have to trade ANYTHING to have voting representation in Congress! Anyone who suggests otherwise doesn't understand the most basic concept of a representative democracy (I'm looking squarely at you, E. Masquinongy and Typical DC BS).

    Way to go, Louisville Courier-Journal!

  • E. Masquinongy

    @Kevin, you're correct. But the principled argument has been made for decades, and hasn't worked.

    I'm for representation by ANY MEANS NECESSARY. And once achieved, laws can be changed back, if desired. The point is get the vote.

  • S.E.

    "@Typical DC BS - You really seem to hate DC and it's residents, where do you live?"

    Most likely he's/she's a commuter.

  • Typical DC BS

    @S.E. - DC resident. Sorry your poor ass education in DC failed you so badly that you don't even understand the Bill of Rights. Try doing the work you obviously missed in high school (if you even graduated).

  • Typical DC BS

    @Kevin - same comment directed at YOU as S.E. Your ignorance of how DC was created and the US Constitution is pathetic. Want to change things? Try a constitutional amemendment, which is spelled out in the same document. Of course, hard work and left wing ideology are polar opposites, since you, like most liberals, think they "know better", when in reality you act like children when you don't get your way.

    @Ryan - excuse me? When liberal dolts like YOU refuse to acknowledge US history and our common beliefs, then want to pull a communist move and "ban guns" because you're not bright enough to figure out why they are useful and a guaranteed RIGHT, you're the one who nees a head check-up as to "hate", mental midget.