One week ago, a terrorist killed three people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. On Wednesday, two terrorists killed 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif.
To the average human being, it would be a really bad time to defund Planned Parenthood and vote down a law making it harder for terrorists to buy an assault rifle.
But not for Idaho’s two senators.
That’s right. On Thursday, Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted to do just that.
Let’s say that again. Our senators voted to:
- Stop paying for healthcare services rendered to poor women.
- Permit people on a terrorist no-fly list to buy assault rifles.
The senators voted against women’s healthcare because they don’t like abortion. Fair enough. However, federal funds do not pay for abortions except in very rare cases (see the Hyde Amendment). In other words, Crapo and Risch’s votes weren’t against abortion. They were against women.
Regarding the vote to allow terrorists to buy guns, there’s no answer. Conventional wisdom says the senators are just puppets for the National Rifle Association, but in these circumstances, that seems too easy of an answer.
Maybe they want to be remembered as villains. Maybe they were hitting the hooch on the senate floor and mis-voted. Or maybe they’re just really bad people.
It’s not uncommon for conservatives to act against this nation’s best interests, but this is getting ridiculous.
One thing is for sure. For a couple folks who say they want to make America safer, Crapo and Risch would have a hard time doing a worse job of it.