Las Vegas Sun

October 23, 2019

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Letter to the Editor:

Amendments should at least relate to bills

I’m fed up with congressional secretive sleight-of-hand shenanigans. If we don’t prioritize the need for campaign finance reform, elections are a joke. For me, slipping an amendment into the credit card reform bill that will let people carry guns in national parks is the last straw.

If you ever wondered who runs Congress, look no further than well-funded special interest groups. In this case, it’s the National Rifle Association. For this we pay our elected officials? Ah, but so do they. I suspect their political donations make federal salaries (with generous benefits) look like chump change.

Is it too much to ask that any amendments to a bill must relate to the basic bill? Although, as they say, common sense isn’t common, what do guns in the national parks have to do with credit card reform?

That gun-toting camper will soon feel so much safer. He can protect himself against that rustling noise in the bushes — that little wandering toddler, lost and trying to find his way back to the tent, or maybe a volunteer clearing brush to create a walking path.

What a pity that the Founding Fathers are not here to spell out what they really had in mind with the Second Amendment.

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