The District needs to grab the gift of statehood now

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Regarding the June 10 Metro article "A frustrated D.C. turns its sights on statehood":

With the only chance to gain a vote in Congress slipping away with the upcoming reduction in the Democratic majorities in the Senate and the House, District leaders should be flogged over their ridiculous stand against any voting-rights bill that includes provisions that would weaken the city's gun laws.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) must be primarily held accountable for this preposterous position, because a real vote could be achieved now, and the gun issue could be returned to later. The proposal by former Virginia representative Thomas M. Davis III (R) was a golden opportunity to grasp a vote in the House. City leaders have been too narrow-minded to grasp the gift.

Robert T. Mansker, Falls Church

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