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Away From Home

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Suffrage for DC!

From the Christian Science Monitor:


Put aside the image of Washington as the country's power center.
Instead, think about the people who actually live there.

Unlike US citizens in the 50 states, they have no vote in Congress.

This isn't exactly a hot-button issue for the 99.98 percent of the US
population outside the District of Columbia. But for Washington
(population 554,000), it's increasingly so. And as a matter of
democratic principle, it should be at least of some concern to the
rest of the US.

Last week saw the latest example of democratic principles trampled. In
a move opposed to the city's gun-safety law, the House voted to allow
residents to have in their homes shotguns, rifles, and select handguns
that are loaded and unlocked.

This directly contradicts the wishes of the mayor, city council, and
residents. But of course, Washingtonians have no say, because they
have no vote (although they do have one nonvoting representative).

If you love democracy, you should support D.C. Suffrage.


  • There shouldn't need to be a law telling people to keep their guns in safe locations; anyone who leaves a loaded, unlocked gun anywere in their home is a damned fool.

    By Blogger Logan C. Adams, at 7/06/2005 12:03:00 PM  

  • Yes, but if there's a law against it, and that damn fool's kid's friend shoots himself with that gun, the fool is responsible. Without those laws, it's just an accident instead of a crime. Common sense, unfortunately, is not as common as you might believe.

    By Blogger Mela, at 7/06/2005 05:03:00 PM  

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