The anti-Second Amendment hysteria by Chuck Schumer was bad enough, but Sen. Claire McCaskill takes the cake:
Today, GOProud, the nation’s only organization representing gay conservatives and their allies, condemns U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for comments she made after voting against the conceal carry amendment offered yesterday by U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD). “Claire McCaskill should be ashamed of herself for using baseless, anti-gay scare tactics to justify her vote against the conceal carry amendment,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud.
In comments made after her vote against the 2nd amendment provision, McCaskill said, “this is a foot in the door that would require, for example, the laws in Vermont on gay marriage to be enforced in Missouri.” (Audio of the McCaskill comments can be FOUND HERE.)
“McCaskill’s anti-gay rhetoric is not only shameful, it’s also a complete and total fallacy,” continued LaSalvia. “The conceal carry amendment wouldn’t have forced a single state to change its laws. Indeed, the amendment specifically spelled out that reciprocity would only be granted to individuals who met the requirements of the state they were traveling to.”
“We hope other gay groups will join us in condemning Senator McCaskill’s baseless, anti-gay scare tactics,” concluded LaSalvia.
We won’t hold our breath, will we GayPatriots?
In a statement defending her opposition to this bill, she [Sen. McCaskill] stated: “This is a foot in the door that would require, for example, the laws in Vermont on gay marriage to be enforced in Missouri.”
This is a problem. A state’s rights argument is valid in this situation, however it is inconceivable that an ally can support Hate Crimes legislation- which recognizes the LGBT community is a target of increased abuse, intolerance and aggressive force- but uses a touchstone issue for the community as a shield rather than stand alone on an anti-gun sentiment.
In a time when we have seen incredible strides on a state by state basis, we have turned a corner and will not tolerate being used as a shield.
…but the HRC and NGLTF have been silent to this anti-gay language from a leading Democrat US Senator. Come to think of it, have any gay bloggers besides GayPatriot condemned McCaskill?