Politics And the Non-Impact of the Democrats
posted by December 8 at 16:04 PMon
The top agenda items in Olympia for Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske are closing the gun-show loophole and renewing the assault-weapons ban. This hardly constitutes a move to nullify the Second Amendment, but rather it’s tailored legislation to make our city streets and our cops safer.
Well, the city is complaining that despite the Democrats’ new 62-36 advantage in the house (a mandate if there ever was one) Speaker of the House Frank Chopp (D-43, Capitol Hill, U-District, Wallingford) is shy about moving forward on those two issues now.
I asked Representative Chopp about this yesterday.
Here’s what he said:
When you get to gun control you have to keep perspective. We’ve got plans moving forward on all these issues [Chopp talked about health-care coverage, fully funding education, and energy independence] and there’s a few issues on the margin that we’re still trying to sort out. I think the gun issue will divide our caucus. And that’s a problem. There are some people [in our caucus] who think you oughta have a right to a gun.
When I’m trying to get a political agenda done, which is very progressive, I need to have a unified caucus. I’m willing to sit down with Kerlikowske, but the first time he’s ever asked me for a meetig is like two days ago. So, I’ll think about it. I’ll check with our caucus members. I don’t know.