After yesterday post on California’s foie gras ban, TTAG commentator Henry Bowman offered the best possible advice for American politicians: don’t just do something, stand there! Fortunately, thankfully, most of the headline legislation on the Hill these days is nothing more than political grandstanding. To wit: “House Democrats said Tuesday they will offer an amendment to push to overturn stand-your-ground self-defense laws in states like Florida.” How could Uncle Sam mess around with states’ rights like that? The washingtontimes.com knows . . .
“‘Shoot-first’ laws have already cost too many lives. In Florida alone, deaths due to self-defense have tripled since the law was enacted. Federal money shouldn’t be spent supporting states with laws that endanger their own people,” said Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the two Democrats who are offering the legislation. “This is no different than withholding transportation funds from states that don’t enforce seat-belt laws.”
There’s not a chance in hell this legislative rider will make it on the bus. But it serves an invaluable purpose: identifying the enemies of the Second Amendment.
Those who purposely misrepresent Stand Your Ground laws as a licence to kill. Pols who would gladly remove our right to self-defense, replacing the words “stand your ground” with “kneel before the state.” If pro-ATF expansion Grijalva and Ellison and their supporters scoff, if they don’t understand their own agenda, that’s even scarier.
Thank God for gridlock.