The veteran congressman denied knowing about the scandal involving bribes for concealed carry permits in New York City. However, when he heard how difficult it is for a New York City resident to acquire a concealed carry permit, Rangel responded, “If it is difficult to get a concealed weapon permit, I’m glad to hear that.”
Pressed on the right of people living in his district to get a carry permit, Rangel reacted by stating, “I wouldn’t want them to have it,” adding, “Law-abiding citizens just shouldn’t have to carry a gun.”
The reporter pointed out the armed U.S. Capitol Police inside the building, just a few feet away from the congressman, Rangel laughed and responded, “Well that’s a little different. I think we deserve — I think we need to be protected down here.”Rangel deserves and needs armed protection, but the people of his district don't need armed protection. That statement along shows the disdain that Rangel holds for his constituents.
Hat tip, Joe Huffman.