Friday, May 20, 2005

Gun rights activists wants your children dead...or not.

That is if a quote from one politician is correct and in context. We will see.

The latest turmoil has started with a Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texan politician not liking the fact that Washington DC has stringent gun laws in the nation. So she has put forth a bill that allows residents to keep firearms in their home for security. This has upset Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton who represents DC.
"We will not allow the two Texas Senators, the NRA and shamelessly a Senator from our own region, to revive last year's brazen attacks on the District's gun safety laws that protect our children, their families and our democratic right to govern ourselves in our own country. Just last year with the help of Mayor Anthony Williams, every elected official in the District, a citizens' coalition, MPD Chief Charles Ramsey, and School Superintendent Clifford Janey, we beat back this same attack on our right to protect our citizens. After 13 children were killed by guns last year, Citizens to Save D.C. Gun Safety Laws, a coalition including every sector of the population from the Board of Trade to mothers of children killed by gunfire, came to the Senate and the House with the message that an attack on D.C.'s gun laws is an attack on our children. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), John Cornyn (R-TX) and George Allen (R-VA) will not pay the price in heartbreak and carnage in our neighborhoods, and they have no right to interfere with the judgment of those who will.
While her and my belief's when it comes to firearms are worlds apart this post is about a quote floating out there and what it says, or doesn't.

The Washington Times did a short piece on the issues and attributed a quote to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton that seems either horribly outrageous, or a misquote.
"Every woman in the District of Columbia should have the ability to protect herself in her home, particularly if she is there alone most of the time," Mrs. Hutchison said yesterday.
But one lawmaker warned the result could be dire.
"They're trying to see to it that more children get killed," said D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat.
It is that last statement attributed to her that has created a bit of a backlash. Having her views is her right, but to make a accusation like that goes way over the line.

If she said it.

That's right. This "hot" quote can be found in only one article and no wheres else. Myself and others have tried to find where it came from. Not one of her press releases or words spoken in the house of representatives seems to come even close. So did she say it?

Matt Rustler who has posted on the quote, wanted to find out and he couldn't. He did bring it to our attention and others have looked. Well being the pragmatist that I am I went to the source of the quote. I called her office. I spoke to a Doxie McCoy and asked her if this was a correct quote. She asked me why I wanted to use that one and I told her honestly that I was calling because it seemed so overboard that I did not want to use it without a source, and she has the ability to confirm or deny the comment. She took my information and said that she would ask the Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to confirm if she said it and where. I will say she seemed slightly on the defensive when it came to the comment. I would also if the quote is correct.

So now I wait to see if I will be called back or not.

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