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Guns on trains

Barack Obama signs bill allowing firearms to be checked in baggage on AMTRAK trains. Just like on airplanes. PSH ensues. Also, amusing:

The bill text was correct when the House approved the legislation last week and the Senate followed suit Sunday. But somewhere in between, the language that referred to putting the guns in locked boxes morphed into stuffing ďpassengersĒ into locked boxes.

Aides to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) became aware of the problem Wednesday night as the House voted on its final slate of bills for the year. Pelosiís staff tried to negotiate with Republican aides to see if they would agree to change the text of the bill without revoting the entire piece of legislation. But it was all for naught as Mr. Obama had already signed the measure into law.

Itís clear the typo alters the intent of the legislation. But no one quite knows the origin of the mistake.

I seem to recall a campaign promise to not hurriedly sign bills and to read them and stuff. Like his other promises, that one came with an expiration date.

3 Responses to “Guns on trains”

  1. Jake Says:

    “Like his other promises, that one came with an expiration date.”

    Measured in picoseconds after his inauguration.

  2. Chas Says:

    We no longer have legislators. We now have our legislating performed by clowns, with Obama merely functioning as the ringmaster.

  3. Manish Says:

    Are they being stuffed into the same lockbox as Social Security?