Friday, September 02, 2005

The Republican Assault on Irony

We already know that the NRA gun lobby owns the Republican party in Wisconsin, but sometimes they make it just a bit too obvious.

A press release from Wisconsin A.G. Lautenschlager, via WisPolitics:

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint alleging a violation of the state public records law by State Senator David Zien (R-Eau Claire) and Representative Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford) asking the court to compel the state legislators to release the draft of a bill that would allow Wisconsin residents to carry concealed weapons...


Press reports have indicated Rep. Gunderson has shared a draft of the bill with a lobbyist of the National Rifle Association (NRA), but refuses to share it with DOJ attorneys.

You have to love the irony of a bill to carry concealed weapons being concealed from the public and the Department of Justice. For all of Gunderson's talk about the fourth or so iteration of his concealed carry bill being for public safety, I think it's pretty clear what's really motivating Representative Gunderson.

I think A.G. Lautenschlager puts it best:

"Wisconsin citizens have the right to know what legislation is being considered by the State Legislature - that's not a privilege reserved for the gun lobby,"

The new Republican Party slogan for 2005: "No Lobbyist Left Behind!"

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