Wednesday, January 12, 2011

TV Appearances Are Very Time Consuming

It must take a lot of a Congressman's time to appear on TV talk shows and news shows. We have been hearing of new bills promised since the Tucson shootings that would alternatively ban standard capacity magazines, ban free speech, and ban anyone from being within 1,000 feet of a "high-ranking" government official with a firearm.

Checking the Library of Congress's Thomas database which contains information on all bills introduced in either the House or Senate, I find nothing on the above.

From Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) who has promised a new ban on standard capacity magazines, nothing.

From Robert Brady (D-PA) who has said he'll introduce legislation that would make it a crime to use symbols or language that could be construed as threatening to a Federal official, nothing.

From Peter King (R-NY) who has said he'll introduce legislation that would ban anyone from possessing a firearm within 1,000 feet of a high-ranking government official, there is only a private bill "For the relief of Alemseghed Mussie Tesfamical."

From Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) who has said he'll join with Carolyn McCarthy to ban standard capacity magazines, there is only a resolution "to permit the Senate to avoid unnecessary delay and vote on matters for which floor debate has ceased."

Like I said, it takes time to appear on CNN, MSNBC, etc. Let's hope that they continue to be consumed with hearing their voice and seeing their face on TV and leave legislation alone. I doubt it but one can hope.

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