|Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay Jr.|
"That includes the right to assemble and peacefully protest without the unacceptable threat of an overbearing police response which targets law-abiding citizens with military weapons and technology."
He also hoped "that this effort will spur a national discussion about how to achieve a fundamental shift in local law enforcement, away from military-style responses, and towards a more community-based policy.”
Rep. Clay certainly sounds passionately in opposition of arming local police with military weapons. Yet in June this conniving little weasel voted against an amendment that would have prohibited the transfer of certain military surplus items to police.
According to reason.com: "In June, the House of Representatives voted on a series of amendments to H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act. Among the amendments was one by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) which would’ve prohibited funds from being used to transfer certain kinds of military surplus to local police departments. The amendment failed by a wide margin, with only 62 votes for and 355 against.
"House leadership on both sides also voted against it, including Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)"
Of the 41 voting members of the House Black Caucus (many of whom are now decrying police militarization) only 7 voted for the Grayson amendment.
None of this is meant to defend the federal government's giveaway program. (It's unconstitutional, like most of what they do. Besides, if they want to give away MRAP's and grenade launchers, give me and Bawb some!) It's just meant to point out that Congresscritters like Lacy Clay are two-faced creeps. I'm sure he'll be reelected handily.