I just heard John Kerry on the news denouncing President Bush for the lapsing assault weapons law.
I’m not going to get into the merits of that debate — I’m no expert. But I do know a little about laws.
The law as originally passed was MEANT to go away at this time. It would take an act of Congress to keep it. President Bush has no power to file legislation; presidents always act through surrogates in Congress. He chose not to, but that didn’t keep any single one of the 435 Representatives and 100 Senators from filing an extension on their own.
Including either Senator from Massachusetts.
Had John Kerry really wanted to keep the assault weapon ban, he could have filed the appropriate legislation himself and fought for it. But looking back on his record, I see very little evidence that Kerry knows how to file a bill.
I thought about sending Senator Kerry a copy of “Legislating for Dummies,” but I ran into an obstacle — I don’t know where to send it. He’s never in his office on Capitol Hill, he has five different houses, and every time I turn on the TV he’s somewhere new. Maybe I should just send it to Dan Rather and let him pass it along.