It’s only the Second Amendment that really counts, at least in Rep. Ryan Zinke’s mind.
Whereas the Framers intended that the First Amendment of the Constitution, in prohibiting the establishment of religion, would not prohibit any mention of religion or reference to God in civic dialog: Now, therefore, be it … (So, reading the minds of the founding fathers, the supporters of H. Res. 564 propose that) … the House of Representatives—(1)recognizes the importance of the symbols and traditions of Christmas; (2)strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas; and (3)expresses support for the use of these symbols and traditions by those who celebrate Christmas.
What pandering and a waste of everyone’s time. There are wars out there that demand our attention. This isn’t one of them.
So, the Constitution is flexible on First Amendment religious stuff but not so much on Second Amendment gun rights.
Legislation that Zinke and Sen. Steve Daines don’t favor has to do with keeping guns out of the hands of potential terrorists, violent felons and the mentally ill. So, it’s up to the President to try an executive order. Here’s the link to the AP story, headlined, “Gun Sales: White House To Seek Expanded Background Checks.”
Zinke’s Facebook response is:
President Obama’s disregard for the Constitution knows no bounds. The Second Amendment is about more than hunting; it’s about defending our families, ourselves and our values as Americans. The Second Amendment defends all the others, and I will always stand ready to protect the rights of Montanans.
And here’s Daines after the San Bernardino massacre:
…the President is using this tragedy to pursue misguided firearm restrictions that would undermine our Second Amendment protections while doing nothing to address the most significant factors behind terrorism. I remain committed to protecting Montanans’ Second Amendment rights and will stand strong against efforts to dismantle those freedoms.
The Daines comment and jab at the President came shortly after his two ‘no’ votes in the Senate on expanded background checks. Both bills were reasonable and hardly seem like they infringe on basic Second Amendment rights.
The Constitution is just great for Zinke, and Daines, as long as it fits their agenda and makes for good sound bites.