Want a long life? Congress was 'longest 12 years of my life,' says ex-D.C. lawmaker

 

McClatchy Washington Bureau

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has discovered the secret for a long life.

“I often say, if I only had 12 years left to live, I’d want to live it as a member of Congress—because that was the longest 12 years of my life,” said Pence, a former Republican congressman.

He was addressing the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Indianapolis.

Pence got personal, recalling how when he first met his future wife, “she had a handgun and a motorcycle—it was love at first sight.”

He described his strong support of gun rights.

“You – all of you – are the champions of liberty that our nation so desperately needs,” Pence said. “You and tens of millions like you have defended limited government, personal responsibility, and liberty against the forces of expansive and paternalistic government, and against the efforts of those who want to regulate us into the dull uniformity of progressives’ dreams.

“Nowhere is the ongoing struggle for freedom more visible than when it occurs over the Second Amendment. We all know that firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens don’t threaten our families. They protect our families. Firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens don’t cause crime—they help in the fight against crime. They have always been an essential component of our most basic liberties.

“Freedom is on the march because freedom-loving Americans like you are rising up, and I commend you for your stand.”

Read more Politics Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  • Runoff primary to decide nominations for Congress

    The retirement of Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss set off a political game of musical chairs that will be partially settled with Tuesday's runoff election.

  • Government drafting birth control accommodation

    The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.

  • Undercover probe finds health law failings

    Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category