Credit Cards are Not Guns: Strip the Coburn Amendment from the Credit Card Legislation

On May 12th, the Senate passed the Credit Card reform legislation that President Obama asked for, 67-29.

Attached to this critically important bill to reign in the usurious abuses of the giant Credit Card companies, is an amendment submitted by Sen Tom Coburn (R-OK) that would authorize carrying guns in America’s National Parks.

The House bill, passed earlier, does not contain a similar amendment.

Apart from all considerations of the merits of Sen. Coburn’s amendment, it must be stripped from the final bill.

The Gun Lobby, according to the New York Times, got 66 senators to sign onto the amendment.

Again: The amendment must be stripped from the final bill before it goes to the President’s desk.

From my perspective, if the Gun Lobby believes they can get this legislation allowing the carrying of firearms in the National Parks passed, they should have the integrity of true American honesty to support it as a bill that will  stand by itself.

Anything less is an act of subterfuge and cowardice.  Evidently, this action to put one over on the American people with the credit card bill is proof you are guilty of both. And that you know you don’t have the votes to get it passed.

In doing so, you mock our Constitutional right to bear arms.

The Gun Lobby needs to take notice that this attempt at sleight of hand did not work.  Just like it’s no longer working for the financial industry and the health care industry.

America’s no longer willing to be bullied by your big money and threats of catastophe if you don’t get your way.

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