If you read that headline and started banging your head against a wall, don’t worry. That’s precisely what I’m doing right now too, so you can blame any typos on my concussion.
Today, Republicans managed to pass a bill that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, unfettered by conflicting state laws or civil suits. This piece of gun legislation is the first tangible action Congress has taken since 80 Americans were murdered in mass shootings in Nevada and Texas.
Real classy, Congress.
It wasn’t even that close of a vote (231-198), but it was largely consistent with partisan opinions on the issue of gun control. It’s a big win for the NRA and much of the GOP, but opponents of the bill, mostly Democrats, are decrying it for the obvious risk it poses to public safety.
Rep. Elizabeth Etsy, D-Conn is also quick to note that the bill undermines states’ rights and lampooned it as a response to "the worst gun tragedies in American history." It’s worth noting that Etsy represents Newton, Connecticut, the site of the unspeakable 2012 school shooting.
The bill now goes to the Senate for another vote. So if you have something to say about it, now would be a good time to call your Senator.