U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns, a Repugnican phenomenon from Florida, is co-sponsor with Rick Boucher, a Democratic phenomenon from Virginia, of a bill which would allow persons who hold concealed-weapons permits in one state to legally carry their concealed weapons in other states.
In other words, these two characters want a national law to usurp all state laws relative to concealed weapons.
I am not arguing in favor or against the proposal.
Rather, I would point out how, once again, Republican "principles" cave to political ideology. We hear over and over again, ad nauseum, how Republicans are opposed to BIG government; how we need less government (especially of the federal type) interference in our lives; how big government smacks of socialism; how big government will take away our freedoms; how we must stand up for states' rights, etc.
The proposal contains a few exceptions. It would not apply to people who are barred from owning or transporting firearms, and you can't carry a machine gun or a "destructive" devine across state lines.
Stearns and Boucher have all kinds of reasons why they think this is a good and appropriate law but all of that is beside the point I'm making:
Stearns is noted for being an ultra-conservative "Bush Republican." I don't know, but wouldn't be surprised if he has a statue of Ronald Reagan in a worshipful spot in his home. It is a wonder that he would be trying to establish a federal law that would trump states' rights.
Well, it really isn't a wonder at all. As we noted above, Republicans routinely trump principles for ideology.
Hyprocrisy is a part of the Republican playbook.
That's one reason Barack Obama is president.
There's more here on what an embarrassment Mr. Stearns is to Florida and his remarkable hypocrisy. Note especially why he requested that Nancy Pelosi change the House voting schedule.