Last night’s Frontline special on PBS, “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA,” examined the NRA’s effective approach at blocking federal gun safety legislation even after such tragedies as the Columbine and Sandy Hook massacres.
Congress’s cowardice in facing the NRA is, as always, disturbing. But rather than refer to Congress as a nameless body, let’s name names.
The Senators listed below voted no. In April 2013, they voted to defeat the Manchin-Toomey bill that would have closed the loophole allowing gun purchases without background checks at gun shows and online. They voted no to a measure that would have helped to prevent criminals, terrorists and other dangerous and mentally ill individuals from obtaining harmful weapons. Just a few months after the Sandy Hook shootings that left ‘s 20 small children and six educators dead, they voted no to this common sense gun safety measure.
Please contact these Senators and tell them you haven’t forgotten their cowardice.
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|Richard M. Burr||R||NC|
|Michael D. Crapo||R||ID|
|Michael B. Enzi||R||WY|
|Charles E. Grassley||R||IA|
|Orrin G. Hatch||R||UT|
|James M. Inhofe||R||OK|
|Richard C. Shelby||R||AL|
* No longer serving in the Senate. **Senator Reid voted no for procedural reasons, but supported the measure.