I rarely use the word “hero” to describe any-one, but, specifically regarding the Second Amendment (and, by extension, that beautiful, neglected “goddamned piece of paper”), I’m starting to think that Dick Heller might live up to the name. The District has failed to adhere to the Court’s adjudication in Heller, leading, as I mentioned before, to the appellee’s second law-suit, and, now, to this letter to the Washington Post from Congressman Mark Souder (R-Ind. 3), whom I’ve actually come to respect, if not to like, his miserable party-line views on Iraq and too many other issues not-with-standing.
Sadly, since the announcement of the Heller decision, we have seen the D.C. Council continue to thumb its nose at the Constitution and defy a clear Supreme Court order by largely maintaining its draconian handgun ban.
Localist that I am, I sympathize with the people of Washington, whose license plates bear the statement “Taxation Without Representation”, who wish that they had more of a voice in politics, national and local. How-ever, my sympathy withers as I recall that the residents of our nation’s capital possess a perturbing predilection for putting into power positive putzes.
Souder continues, rightly enough,
Moreover, when Congress chose to delegate home rule to the District in the 1970s, it specified that legislation enacted by the District must be “consistent with the Constitution of the United States,” and it “reserve[d] the right, at any time, to exercise its constitutional authority as legislature for the District, by enacting legislation for the District on any subject.”
The time is now for Congress to step in to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans. [My emphasis. – NPO]
If ever exist an appropriate time for government’s protecting people from them-selves, it’s when that protection involves no-thing more than enforcing the guarantee of their Constitutional rights, even if the officials whom they elect, acting, presumably, as they people wish, determine that such is not the appropriate course of action.