WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 – House Democrats did Americans a big favor by sitting on their butts and doing nothing. It was a move meant to echo those quaint days of yesteryear when ’60s anti-war protesters gathered in large numbers in an attempt to levitate the Pentagon.
Chanting “no bill, no vote,” Democratic lawmakers dropped to the floor to stall the day’s legislative business unless Republicans agreed to strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment right to bear arms and substitute our Fifth Amendment right to due process with a secret and arbitrary “terror” list with no right of appeal, thus adding another weapon for government to target the lowly citizen.
GOP Rep. Ted Poe, who presided over the House proceedings, ordered C-SPAN to shut off its cameras.
That begs the question: If idiot congresspersons hit the floor, and there are no cameras to record it, do they make a difference?
“We’ll be here as long as it takes, every day. This is the moment of truth,” said determined Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The body’s slow-witted GOP speaker, Paul Ryan, said in a written statement that the House “cannot operate without members following the rules of the institution,” but lacked the imagination to use the Democratic disruption as a welcome pretext to shut down the government.
This moment of political theater, of course, reduced to crude mockery the memory of those killed in the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack on an Orlando, Florida, nightclub.
Democratic lawmakers crawling around the floor have yet to explain how depriving law-abiding citizens of their constitutional rights represents a blow against Islamic State terrorism.
Meanwhile, CBS affiliate WCTV in Tallahassee reports “gun sales have dramatically increased in Florida in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting… The Florida Department of Law Enforcement ran 9,854 background checks Sunday, Monday and Tuesday on people hoping to buy firearms, more than double the 4,468 during the same time frame in 2015.”
And the Denver Fox affiliate says the gay gun-owner’s organization Pink Pistols “saw its membership soar from about 1,500 members on Saturday to 3,500 on Monday.”
Gwendolyn Patton, a spokesperson for the international organization, released a statement warning “people not to jump immediately to the assailant’s gun as the object of blame, but to concentrate instead on [Orlando shooter Omar] Mateen’s violent acts.”
The statement adds that “knee-jerk gun-control efforts may make preventing future events harder rather than easier, as only law-abiding potential victims will be affected by such laws,” and Patton said such attacks could be stopped by an armed citizenry “as fast as someone tries to start them.”
Under the Capitol dome, meanwhile, ridiculous Democrats roll on the floor in expensive suits not making a whit of difference.