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Credit Card legislation includes surprise gun rights measure…

from J-Walk Blog
via News for Greens

Credit Card Legislation Includes Gun Rights

Makes perfect sense [sarcasm]: House passes measure expanding gun rights.

Gun rights advocates found an unlikely ally in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday as lawmakers passed a measure allowing concealed, loaded firearms to be carried in national parks…

The Senate voted 67-29 on Tuesday to attach an identical measure to a bill cracking down on credit card fees. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, was among 27 Democrats backing the measure.

Under the measure, any person with a state permit to carry a concealed weapon would be able to bring that weapon into parks and wildlife refuges unless a state law specifies otherwise.

The firearms language is now expected to be included in the final version of the credit card legislation, which lawmakers want to deliver to President Obama’s desk by Memorial Day.

So if you’re in a national park and you see a bear — and he doesn’t accept credit cards — you can shoot him. Or something like that.
My response

KW: Oh, my. I was feeling suspicious about the credit card legislation. Actually, I feel suspicious about any legislation. I don’t like supporting “bills” and appeals to Congress, because I know how crafty they are, and how little actual power most citizens, activists, or third parties have over their actual development once they hit the system.

Can you believe it? Slipping gun rights into the latest miracle bill that was supposed to help us? How low can they go????

Stuff like this is why I prefer measures that go to the root, or fix process. I wish someone would work on a proposal about making sure bills only cover one topic or something. No more slipping things in…especially concealed weapons.

2 Responses

  1. You know, politics is the art of the possible. Every piece of legislation involves some horse trading.

    This bill is going to help a lot of poor and disadvantages people who have been or would have been taken advantage of by rapacious, credit card companies. If the price for getting the Republicans on board is to let a few people carry a gun in national parks, that a compromise I can live with.

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