Remember Indiana State Representative Vernon Smith? The guy whose crass antics in opposition to Indiana HB 1065 showed his true colors as a completely partisan product of Chicago-Machine politics.
Well, thanks to the diligence of the Indiana House, now you can watch his antics on video. Rep. Smith’s little playacting routine starts at 1:43:59 (1 hour, 43 minutes) so you’ll have to skip ahead on the video quite a bit…unless you enjoy watching legislative procedure. Here are the notes on his shenanigans from my inside man:
1:43:59 — Enter Rep. Vernon Smith
1:44:15 — pulls gun out of his coat
1:46:05 — guns give “false courage”, pulls out the “manly” card and how men may “want our dogs and our guns”…a little reminiscent of Obama’s “cling to guns and religion” jab
1:47:00 — tells story of college dance and how he got picked on and “wished for my gun”
1:48:15 — talks about how many times you have a gun available “you don’t think”…”you let your gun…think for you”
1:48:32 — “I know this bill’s gonna pass”; “this is indeed an NRA state”; “I pledge allegiance, not to the flag, but to the NRA”
It’s almost sad that this sort of behavior is what passes for “legislative action”, or that it’s even considering borderline acceptable for a person to act that way. Much to the credit of the rest of the Indiana House, you don’t even hear as much as a chuckle over Vernon Smith’s grandstanding antics.
The happy ending to this story of course is that the bill passed the House, and is headed to the Senate. Despite Vernon Smith playing the part of the village idiot, it appears that HB 1065 is on its way to success and Gov. Daniels’ signature.