The Thune Amendment failed of passage failed by two votes. To my disgust, one of those votes was Indiana's perpetual Republican Senator, the Honorable Richard G. Lugar (it says right here in my style book to address 'em that way, which reminds me of the punchline from the old charm school joke: "...I learned to say 'the Honorable' instead of 'you pathetic, puling weasel.'").
I wrote The Honorable Richard a nice note (charm school!) expressing my disappointment. If you are Hoosier and would like to write the man, go here.
Meanwhile, across the aisle, Democrat the Honorable Evan Bayh voted for the Thune Amendment. Cynical decision by a Dem who knew it would auger in? Maybe. Maybe not. I think not: he has his faults but Senator Bayh can and will actually read and if he read the amendment in question, he knew it left holders of a carry permit subject to the laws of the state in which they were -- not their home state, as victim-disarmament organizations and self-panickers in the press claimed. I'll give the man the benefit of the doubt; he's a Democrat but not an idiot. I wrote to thank him and you can too, if you'd like.
I was surprised the Thune Amendment did as well as it did. I think it will be back and we need to remind our Senators that this issue matters.
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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