While the Senate is working hard to put together their version of the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights some Senators are taking the opportunity of a sure-to-pass bill to tag on unrelated amendments. One example is Senator Tom Coburn’s amendment, S.AMDT.1068, whose stated purpose is “to protect innocent Americans from violent crime in national parks and refuges.” Interestingly, the way innocent Americans are protected according to this amendment is by allowing firearms in National Parks.
The amendment passed with a 67-29 vote earlier this week.
It might be worthwhile to debate whether the statutes restricting weapons from National Parks violate Second Amendment rights, but this doesn’t seem to be the appropriate place. Amendments to a bill should be related to that bill. With this amendment, a congressman on behalf of his or her constituents might vote for the complete bill package while objecting to this amendment or any others.
Updated October 11, 2016 and originally published May 15, 2009.