Lawmaker Uses Vote-A-Rama To Make Excellent Point About The Right To Carry

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A lot of people are upset about the Senate passing the infrastructure bill. They see it as a lot of money in a bill packed with pork that will actually do little to improve our nation’s infrastructure. There’s a reason they see it that way, but that’s really not what we talk about here at Bearing Arms.

No, we talk about guns, gun laws, and gun rights. So what does that have to do with the infrastructure bill? Well, it seems Joni Ernst was an absolute freaking boss with something she tried to add in to the Democrats’ $3.5-trillion dollar social spending bill that they’re tying to the infrastructure bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday.

Several Republican senators are introducing amendments during a “vote-a-rama” that started Tuesday, taking aim at progressive priorities included in Senate’s budget resolution for the 2022 fiscal year, which carries a $3.5 trillion price tag.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, told Fox News: “Vote-a-rama is rare opportunity to cut through the smoke and mirrors to expose the Democrats’ extreme policy agenda of open borders, Critical Race Theory, the Green New Deal, and mask and vaccine mandates. Just as significant, it’s an opportunity to highlight efforts by conservative senators to fight on behalf of the American people against that tyrannical agenda.”

One such amendment was proposed by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who introduced the Put Families’ Safety Ahead of Politicians’ Private Security amendment Tuesday.

Ernst’s amendment would prevent politicians from using taxpayer dollars for private security until D.C. recognizes concealed carry permits in all 50 states. The amendment comes after recent revelations that progressive lawmakers who support defunding the police, including Squad Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., use taxpayer dollars to fund their own private security details.

Oh, that’s just glorious.

See, Bush’s comments really boiled down to the idea that she deserves protection but you don’t. That’s why she has a private security detail while simultaneously backing gun control and defunding the police. See, all animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

With Ernst’s amendment, it would have put Bush in the position of either paying out of her own pocket, which I’m not sure she could do even if she wanted to; having to suddenly go without; or to somehow support DC reciprocity with every state in the union.

Oh, that’s amazing. It’s a real shame that it didn’t actually pass and get included in the spending monstrosity. Not that it would have been enough to make me support it, but it would have been fun to see how the House reacted to an actual pro-2A piece of legislation landing in their laps.

And if it worked, it could well have opened the door for millions of Americans to use their state’s carry permit to carry a firearm lawfully in our nation’s capital. In fact, it could have made the streets of Washington, DC much safer for tourists. Not that the Democrats would admit that was the reason.