Saturday, July 26, 2014

168.9 - Clown Award: House GOPpers on Washington, DC laws

Clown Award: House GOPpers on Washington, DC laws

I just have time for the Clown Award, given weekly for meritorious stupidity.

The big red nose this week goes to the Republican members of the House of Representatives. There were some Democrats involved, but 90% involved were GOPpers, so they get the award.

Despite a 2008 Supreme Court decision striking down its ban on owning handguns, Washington, DC, still has some of the toughest gun control laws around. Residents must register handguns every three years, complete a safety course, and be fingerprinted and photographed.

Meanwhile, in March, the city decriminalized possession of less than one ounce of pot, replacing criminal penalties for simple possession with a $25 fine.

Last week, the GOP-controlled House approved a spending bill that would undo both of those laws.

Bear in mind that Congress has the final say over the District's local laws and budget. So what this means is that if the House GOPpers get their way and this survives the rest of the budget process, it will be a crime in Washington, DC, to have a joint in your jeans - but entirely legal to walk the streets with a loaded .45.

What more can be said? Each and every one of them: clowns.

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