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06.24.10 FREE SPEECH GAG PASSES HOUSE, THANKS NRA.

NRA BACKED FREE SPEECH GAG PASSES HOUSE

After several hours of debate, (some of it fairly comical) the US House has passed HR 5175, the Democrat’s latest effort to protect the incumbent majority.

While pretending that the purpose of the bill is to prevent evil “corporations” from buying elections, it ignores the fact that most grass roots advocacy organizations, like Oregon Firearms Federation and dozens of other pro-gun groups, are corporations.

As you know, the National Rifle Association will be exempt from the bill as a result a deal they cut with the Democrats in power.

Representative Dan Lungren of California stated that Republicans were not even allowed to see the final version of the bill until yesterday.

Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia (who once openly worried that Guam might “capsize” if too many US Troops were stationed there) stated that the bill must pass to prevent Republicans from getting elected.

There is no question that the bill is unconstitutional. The Democratic majority and the NRA know this, but the fact that this bill would almost certainly be struck down does not matter.

The purpose of this bill is to help the Democrats stay in power through the next election. The NRA’s complicity is unforgivable.

No surprises here. All 4 Oregon House Democrats voted in favor of the NRA approved, free speech gag bill, HR 5175:

Blumenauer
Schrader
DeFazio
Wu

Oregon’s only Republican, Greg Walden voted “no.”
A complete vote count is available here.