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Republicans Give "Flip-Flop" a Bad Name

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Title: Republicans Give "Flip-Flop" a Bad Name.
Date: 09/29/2004
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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., today voted against H. R. 3193, the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act saying, "Republicans give 'flip-flop' a bad name. In the Republican Party Platform of 1968 they said, 'We pledge an all-out federal-state-local crusade against crime, including enactment of legislation to control indiscriminate availability of firearms." But in 2004 they are singing a different tune. First, on September 13, a Republican-controlled Congress and President Bush let the assault weapons ban expire! Now they are trying to enact legislation - the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act - to repeal gun laws!

"Today Republicans passed legislation to reduce restrictions on firearms; voted to repeal the ban on semi-automatic weapons; repeal the registration of guns; repeal the ban on handgun ammunition; and remove criminal penalties for possession of unregistered firearms.

"Republicans violated their 'sacred oath' to support 'states' rights,' therefore violating the citizens of the District of Columbia's right to self-determination with respect to guns...just because they could. Congress, in 1993, denied American citizens in DC the right to statehood and continues to deny them voting rights. DC's young people are fighting, dying and being wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan for democracy and self-determination...something they don't even have at home in DC! Republicans in Congress are exercising outside control over DC citizens, and DC citizens have limited means of fighting back since they have no voting representation in Congress.

"Second. Republicans are forcing us to vote on this bill just to send a political message back home. The Senate will not vote on this legislation this year so we know it will not become law during this session of Congress. They are doing it only for political purposes - just before the election on November 2 - which they would never even think of doing to another state because the American citizens they represent have a member in the House and two in the Senate. They are exploiting the politically impotent citizens of DC. It reminds me of the big bully in school picking on the littlest and weakest kid in the class. Let's be clear. They are forcing us to vote on this legislation to politicize the gun issue on the eve of an election to create a political issue and send a political message back home.

"This bill was a waste of time. It was wrongheaded. It was patently unfair. It was nakedly political. It was anti-democratic. And I urged its defeat," Jackson concluded.

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