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They are setting up tragedies and they know it, but they Just. Don't. Care.

by: Blue Girl

Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 12:00:00 PM CST

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I can not, for the life of me, figure out why any lawmaker gleefully pursues legislation that will, if enacted, most certainly result in suffering, death and heartache for someone who lives in their district --  unless they are just so craven and venal that human life is expendable if it is lost in the service of pissing off liberals. I am honestly starting to believe that today's republicans have devolved that far, to the point that "pissing off liberals"  is the only stimulus to which they can muster a response.

Witness this exchange among Iowa state legislators that was picked up by an open mic they were't aware was on.


Republicans this week revived a proposal that would allow Iowans to carry weapons in public without permission from a sheriff, without background checks and without training requirements.

The legislation, House Study bill 219, is known as "Alaska carry," which is law in Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming. Rep. Erik Helland, R-Johnston, is listed as one of the three legislators on a subcommittee assigned the bill.

Helland is the House majority whip. Rep. Jeff Kaufmann, R-Wilton, who made the schizophrenic remark, is the speaker pro tem. Also in the conversation is Rep. Steve Lukan, R-New Vienna who is also an assistant majority leader.


Rep. Jeff Kaufmann, R-Wilton: I bet nobody's told poor Jorgenson.

Rep. Steve Lukan, R-New Vienna: I told him this is all his own fault.

Kaufmann: Tell him it's his fault and we don't appreciate anything that he's done up to this point.

Lukan: Damnit, Ron, we're going to yank you off this bill.

Kaufmann: Ya, the hell with you. You haven't been doing jack s-.

Rep. Erik Helland, R-Johnston: What?

Kaufmann: Jorgenson, we're yanking him off the bill. The hell with him. He hasn't been doing anything.

Lukan: He should have seen this coming.

Helland: You know what that means? It means I'm going to end up stuck with the bill?

Kaufmann: Sounds like you're getting out of the Alaska bill.

Helland: Oh yeah, I'm getting out of it after I end up on a blog.

Lukan: The Alaska bill - what's the Alaska bill?

Helland. I'm the dirty hatchet man for the caucus. Something nobody wants to do. Some dirty, nasty job. I'm the one who gets dropped in you know why, 'cause I'm expendable.

Kaufmann: The crazy, give-a-handgun-to-a-schizophrenic bill.

Off camera: His microphone is on.

Microphone goes dead.

But you don't have to take my word for it that this law is a really, really bad idea, but you should probably give a little weight to what Lonny Pulkrabek, the Sheriff of Johnson County, Iowa, has to say about the fact that he no longer has any say on whether or not people in his community are allowed to carry concealed weapons.

They just love ignoring the second and third words of that Second Amendment they can't get enough of, don't they?

Karma ought to have some real treats in store for those three assholes.

Blue Girl :: They are setting up tragedies and they know it, but they Just. Don't. Care.
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