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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

How to conduct their business

One of Indiana's representatives. Mark Souder, proposed repealing some of the District of Columbia's gun laws. It's hard to imagine it making this situation worse, given the high crime rate in D.C., and given the experience in England, which banned all guns only to see armed robberies in occupied homes increase.

What was most striking about this article is the quote from a D.C. labor leader who opposes Souder's legislation.

"We are not going to Idaho or Indiana . . . to tell those states how to conduct their business," said Josh Williams, a D.C. labor leader who participated in a recent news conference denouncing Souder's legislation. "Why is this that they are coming here to tell us how we ought to live? It's mind-blowing to me."

Hmmmm... could it be because IT'S IN THE %&@*# CONSTITUTION? In case Mr. Williams isn't up to date on this rather important document, here's the relevant quote from Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17:

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings


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