Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sen. Jeff Merkley Opposes Thune Amendment On Concealed Weapons

Right here in Virginia we have seen a prime example of the extreme right's position on guns. Catherine Cabrill, who is a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates, called for people to go to the "bullet box" if things didn't turn out exactly as she wanted. If people weren't aware of some of the extremism promoted by the GOP, this incident most definitely served as a reminder of the dangerous rhetoric that some Republicans have been using.

With that dangerous rhetoric being used by a person the right have put forward as a candidate, we now have Senator John Thune from South Dakota putting forward an amendment which would severely limit any state's ability to create laws regarding concealed weapons. If Thune gets his way, states would have to recognize the conceal weapon permits of anyone's home state. In other words, someone who obtained a liscence in a state with very very low training requirements could carry a concealed weapon into a bar in large cities like Washington DC, which would put residents of those cities at risk.

Fortunately, there are a number of Senators who realize that this is a very unproductive piece of legislation and are working against it. Sen. Jeff Merkley from Oregon, for instance, had the following to say about Thune's amendment.
“I support the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms and to carry concealed weapons, but I also support Oregon’s right to decide under what circumstances concealed carry permits are issued. This amendment would have obliterated the right of Oregonians to self-governance by allowing a permit from any state – regardless of the standards under which it is issued – to substitute for an Oregon permit.

“Oregonians should decide who in Oregon can carry a weapon in public – not governors and legislatures thousands of miles away.”
I hope more and more members of the US Senate join Merkley in speaking against the amendment.

1 comment:

  1. Warner and Webb both voted for this. Webb's a gun nut, but what about Warner?