Connie Mack: You Can Legislate Morality When It Comes To Gays, But Not Guns

Connie_Mack,_official_portrait,_112th_Congress_2Former Republican Rep. Connie Mack of Florida popped up on CNN yesterday to explain that “you cannot legislate morality” when it comes to guns.

Only, when he was in the House, he was happy to legislate morality by banning same-sex marriage.

Talking with host Soledad O’Brien, Mack said that keeping tabs on weapons purchases would be the start of punishing law-abiding gun owners. “I don’t just believe this on the gun issue, I don’t believe that the federal government should be keeping these types of records on citizens,” said Mack.

He added that “bad people are going to do bad things, and you cannot pass a law that’s going to stop them from doing bad things. So as much as it makes us feel better to pass legislation to say we did something… you cannot legislate morality, you cannot legislate bad people to stop doing bad things.”

But as Raw Story reminds us, Mack, scored a big fat goose egg on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard, spent a nice chunk of his eight years in office forcing his morality down the throats of LGBT Americans: He opposed hate-crimes protections for LGBT people, voted against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (twice), fought against adding sexual orientation to workplace-discrimination statutes and voted for a constitutional ban on marriage equality.

On a personal level, when he was running for Senate last year, Mack sent out press releases attacking his primary opponent for being “an early and vocal supporter of the gay agenda.”

What was that about legislating morality?