Well congratulations to the fine folks of the District of Columbia on taking the opportunity to lose the opportunity to gain a vote in Congress.
The data from the 2010 Census came out last week and with it the news that certain states will gain seats in the House of Representatives and some will lose seats.
One of those states to gain is Utah, which was one of the states scheduled to gain an extra seat in the House under the bill designed to give the District representation. However, that compromise was scuttled earlier this year when the Democrats withdrew the DC voting rights bill because of changes it would make to the area’s gun laws.
Well, the District now gets the both of both worlds as the Supreme Court (in District v Heller) changed gun laws to allow an individual the right to bear arms, thus invalidating most local and state gun regulations, which means the District had its gun laws nullified anyway.
In addition, with the state of Utah gaining an extra seat, there is no incentive for them to sign on to an agreement to give the District voting rights.
So, to recap, the District has its gun regulations stripped away, Utah gets its extra seat, and the citizens of the District of Columbia continue to enjoy “taxation without representation”.
Way to go!