Schwartz: Trading safety for a vote

Junior Evan Schwartz, a Hatchet columnist, discusses the potential drawbacks of D.C. representation legislation.

D.C. may finally get a voting member in the House of Representatives, but it looks like it will come at the cost of further weakening Washington’s already diminished gun control laws.

As Congress moved closer to passing a D.C. voting rights bill last year, pro-gun Republicans in Congress attached a key addendum that would give Washingtonians a representative in the House, but only if the city repealed its formerly strong anti-gun laws. The move proved to be a bullet to the heart of the bill, stalling it indefinitely because D.C. politicians could not agree on pushing it forward.

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