By NH Rep. Mike Sylvia
The New Hampshire House started off the new term in a rather bumpy fashion on last Wednesday. With the exception of four brave souls bucking their majority’s leadership, the House adopted rules that violate the Constitution to which they had sworn an oath just a few weeks ago. Not only have they disregarded their oaths, many also turned against their own campaign promises to put partisan politics aside. When they reached across the aisle, they were not offering to work together for the good of the state; they made their first move to take our firearms.
While many are not surprised by such a move, it is particularly alarming that they so openly showed their contempt for the rights for which they have been entrusted to protect. The majority repeatedly used fourth-graders as a shield to hide their irrational fears. New Hampshire is among the safest states in the union. Our fourth-graders and all children are and have been mixed among an armed populace for decades almost everywhere they go in the state.
The majority has set a tone of distrust. They are not worried about “nuts” in the gallery, it is their colleagues on the floor that they do not trust. The Republican members of the House will demonstrate that there is no reason to fear. We will follow the lead of Governer Sununu, who, following such a terrible display on Wednesday, came to the floor of the House and offered his upbeat, positive and optimistic vision for the coming term. We will work together maintaining a strong economy and protecting the rights of our citizens. We will do our best to carry our disagreements as we do our firearms — discreetly.
Rep. Mike Sylvia
(Cross posted from the Laconia Daily Sun)