Excuse me?

Councilwoman Tonya  Payne, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, seems to need a little education in her responsibilities.  The Pittsburgh City Paper reports (emphasis mine, as usual):

Once elected, it’s a simple matter of taking the oath of office, in which you pledge “that I will support the Constitution of the United States and of this State and the Charter of this City and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of office to the best of my ability.” Fortunately, nobody seems to monitor this very carefully.

Ms Payne recently stated: “Who really cares about it being unconstitutional?  This is what’s right to do, and if this means that we have to go out and have a court battle, then that’s fine … We have plenty of dead bodies coming up in our streets every single day, and that is unacceptable.:

Ms. Payne was talking about a gun ordinance that will make it a crime for a citizen to fail to report loss or theft of a gun within a reasonable period of time after when he should have known of the loss/theft.  Other localities have dropped consideration of similar statutes, realizing they’re unconstitutional, and Philadelphia courts have held them unconstitutional.  Ms. Payne is apparently so smart she knows better than the constitution what is right.  She apparently can’t figure out that 200 years of people thinking about these ideas have held them, so she must be more brilliant than anyone who’s ever considered it.

Ms.  Payne wants to “solve” a problem of “dead bodies turning up” by punishing someone who USED to own a gun, whether or not it is used in a crime.  I wish I were smart enough to think of things like that — and to voice utter disdain for the constitution in doing so.  NOT.

Of course, Ms. Payne has every right to say what she believes.  She’s proven, however, that she doesn’t believe in her oath of office.

Thank the gods there are still intelligent people on the planet.  Too bad none of them have been elected recently.

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