Rob Woodall on the 2nd Amendment
I live in Georgia’s 7th congressional district. I don’t fit in. Rob Woodall on the 2nd Amendment pisses me off.Rob Woodall on the 2nd Amendment pisses me off.Rob Woodall on the 2nd Amendment pisses me off.
Today, I visited Representative Rob Woodall’s official site. I wanted to express my opinion on TrumpCare 2.0 (aka neglect). Out of curiosity, I searched his issues pages for “Family Values,” or “Restore Religious Freedom” talking points. Having that on pages right alongside the one that explains why you think poor people don’t deserve decent health coverage is the kind of rich hypocrisy I love to point out. To his credit, Rep Woodall does not have full pages dedicated to (Christian) family values on his site. So, I can’t attack his hypocrisy on health care.
However, I found another very interesting issue page on Representative Woodall’s site. The “2nd Amendment” page. Not a surprise that Representative Woodall cares about this issue. I would be surprised to find a discussion about reasonable applications of the 2nd Amendment vs gun fetishes. But, that is a topic for another day. Take a look at the page and see if you can spot the problem…..
Did you guess “they left off part of the text?” Good for you. While the political right tend to be “strict constructionists,” they often forget their literalism when dealing with the 2nd Amendment. In case you need a refresher, the full text is:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed
If you don’t trust a member of the lying, liberal, non-mainstream media, you can go check. Congress has its very own official Constitution website. For a strict constructionist, the first phrase of that sentence should be as important as the last right? It specifies regulation right in the text. It even seems to limit the scope of the amendment to militia’s (which in the time of the framing were official state militias). Does that mean all regulations are constitutional? Probably not. Does it allow room for some reasonable regulation? Probably. In any case, the entire text must be included in a meaningful debate.
Misquoting the Constitution on any official government site is a huge disservice to the public. Even though our public schools are “liberal indoctrination centers,” the teachers usually don’t have time to cover the subtleties of every subject. I am sure there are plenty of kids, and adults for that matter, who only remember the last phrase. As a government official, Representative Woodall has a duty to fully inform his constituents. As a person who claims to have the constitutional high-ground in the gun debate, he is a hypocrite for omitting inconvenient language from his page.
By the way, I mentioned this omission to the nice staffer on the phone. She said she would pass my comment along to the webmaster. The same omission is on the main issues page too. Let’s keep track and see when it changes. Maybe we need to keep tweeting Representative Woodall (@RepRobWoodall) until the correction appears. Who wants to join me?Rob Woodall on the 2nd Amendment pisses me off.