The Republican National Committee yesterday elected former Maryland leiutenant governor Michael Steele to its top post. Described as a "moderate," Steele showed little understanding of Second Amendment issues in a Washington Post interview snippet that's been making its way around the Internet. In the interview he advocates "enforcing the laws that are on the books," echoing one of NRA's "kinder and gentler" lines from a few years ago. Inviting strict enforcement of existing law can be a dangerous wish if that law is as broken as the 1968 Gun Control Act. Steele also demonstrates the upside-down "needs-based" theory of "assault weapons."
"What do you need an assault weapon for, if you're going hunting?"
We'd point out that a) hunting is not a Second Amendment issue, and b) as Americans we are blessed not to have to demonstrate need for everything we want. NRA endorsed his unsuccessful 2006 senatorial bid. In the virulently anti-gun state of Maryland, an NRA endorsement could mean that he salivates less at the thought of banning guns than the other guy.
So, congratulations to Mr. Steele. We hope to be able to work with him.
Orrin Hatch, the senior Senator from Utah and long-time member of the Judiciary Committee stuck a stinger in us today. According to The Hill, a capital newspaper,
Hatch said that Republicans should try to strike a cooperative tone with President-elect Obama during the first days of his administration.
“I start with the premise that the president deserves the benefit of the doubt. I don’t think politics should be played with the attorney general,” he said.
“I like Barack Obama and want to help him if I can.”
Read the entire article here. If nothing else it's troubling that Senator Hatch would announce a position without even listening to the facts, or even a discussion. If you're in Utah, Senator Hatch needs to hear from you.
The Knox Report
From the Firearms Coalition
Out of Line in DC Gun Case
By Jeff Knox
(January 15, 2008) Late in the day on Friday, January 11, the Solicitor General of the United States, an office appointed by the President and tasked with representing the Administration view in court, filed an amicus brief in support of the District of Columbia in the case of DC v. Heller now before the Supreme Court. The brief includes thoughtful, scholarly review of the history and meaning of the Second Amendment, concluding that it refers to, and protects, a preexisting, right which has no militia membership requirement. The brief then stresses the idea that, like other rights, the right to arms may be restricted by the government for a variety of reasons. And that the Supreme Court should render a decision affirming the individual nature of the right to arms, but should reject the Circuit Court’s conclusion that the DC laws are a violation of that right. The Solicitor General would have the Court send the case back down to the lower courts for them to determine which, if any, of DC’s laws cross the threshold of “reasonable restrictions” and are therefore unconstitutional.
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