Meet my congressman, Spencer Bachus. Having trouble telling the difference between Spencer and Barney Frank & Co.? Don't worry, so are all of his constituents.
Spencer recently made headlines when he proclaimed that 17 members of Congress are "socialists." What he neglected to tell you was that he is one of them. Though it was the "socialist" remark which got the headlines, this is the money quote from that story which drew MY attention.
Bachus discussed a number of topics in his speech Thursday morning. He did not give the response some small city officials were hoping for when they asked if he would oppose all gun bans.
Instead, he said, it may be necessary to ban some assault weapons to keep hunting rifles and guns from being outlawed.
He said he is discouraging those who ask him whether they should arm themselves in preparation for economic or government trouble ahead. "I think peaceful, nonviolent protest is the way to go," he said.
He said he also believes it is a threat that the criminals will begin out-gunning the police officers. He said everyone should also be aware of the role weapons are playing in the recent multiple shooting tragedies around the country.
-- "Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama says 17 members of the Congress are socialists," Katherine Bouma, Birmingham News, 10 April 2009.
Now when Spencer said he was willing to give up semi-automatic rifles of military utility (so-called "assault weapons") he already knew that 65 House Democrats had written a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder denouncing such a new AWB, saying in part:
"Many of our constituents lawfully own and use these firearms and ammunition magazines that would be affected by a new ban. Indeed, these are commonly owned firearms throughout the country. Law-abiding Americans use these guns for all the same reasons they use any other kind of gun -- competitive shooting, hunting, and defending their homes and families. . .We would actively oppose any effort to reinstate the 1994 ban, or to pass any similar law. We urge you to abandon this initiative and to focus instead on effective law enforcement strategies to enforce our current laws against violent criminals and drug traffickers." -- Letter to Eric Holder, 17 March 2009.
And these are DEMOCRATS. Yet Spencer can't even summon the spine to stand beside Democrats who would defend firearm rights against an administration of their own party.
So you see, Spencer Bachus is a perfect example of why the GOP is today a minority party and should remain a minority party. Personally, I'd prefer if they went the way of the Whigs.
Anybody want to guess what this limp-dick weasel's NRA rating is? With "friends" like this, who needs enemas?