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Meet The Democratic Senators In The Pocket of The Gun Lobby

April 17, 2013

No one expected much from Republicans on today’s gun legislation vote in the US Senate, but we sure as hell had reason to expect Democrats would at least allow a vote. And most of them did, with a few notable exceptions:

"Democrats" who apparently didn't find murdered children compelling enough

“Democrats” who apparently didn’t find murdered children compelling enough

This should come back to bite them all. 90 percent of Americans, including a majority of NRA members, support expanded background checks, but these fine Democrats chose to side with most of the Republican caucus and the gun lobby to foil the will of the people.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. fidlerten permalink
    April 18, 2013 5:27 am

    Hey Cassandra,
    I think like me, you are fuming right now over this vote. One excuse that is being used is that the background check in the bill was too sketchy, that it would confuse law-abiding gun owners of just when it was legal to sell a gun. Of course, if the bill had a universal background check instead,then it would be very clear what gun purchases would be required; all of them. It was because of compromise that certain private gun sales would be allowed. That was a mistake, all gun sales should be required to pass a background check.

    The best thing we can do is like Ronn Jordan said; organize and make examples of them in the next election, or the next, depending on when they are up for reelection.

    This might turn out to be a good thing for the Democrats because Americans are not going to forget when election time does comes around and we Democrats will be sure to remind them.

  2. April 17, 2013 8:55 pm

    Are these Democrat Senators seriously believe that 10-15% who are against the background check will vote for them under any circumstance?

    • mikey2ct permalink
      April 17, 2013 9:19 pm

      You have to do your homework. Begich is from Alaska – an oil-rich wilderness. Heitkamp is from North Dakota – a sprawling rancher and farm dominated economy.

      • April 17, 2013 9:29 pm

        What homework is there to do? These four are all from red states (Pryor from Arkansas and Baucus from Montana), but those 10%-15% who are against background checks (or maybe 15%-20% in these states) are likely among the most conservative of voters, and as such, will not vote for Democratic candidates no matter how much love for guns these candidates profess.

        • mikey2ct permalink
          April 17, 2013 9:36 pm

          You missed the point. THESE senators are democrats in red states. They voted this way with the Republicans this week and no on another issue next week with the Democrats.

        • April 17, 2013 10:10 pm

          I think I am still missing your point. For what other reason these senators are voting against background checks, if not to ensure that they don’t lose the votes of those opposed to background checks? My point was, since these are Democrats, they wouldn’t get these votes no matter how they vote on gun control.

  3. mikey2ct permalink
    April 17, 2013 4:17 pm

    I don’t know how they all voted last week to bring it to the Senate floor last week. However, I just sent Heitkamp a cpngratulatory email on voting yes in the 68 to 31. This is a classic case of fence sitting on the part of these four and the 6 Republicans who changed votes from ‘yes’ last week.

  4. April 17, 2013 3:58 pm

    Well said, “Democrats” who apparently didn’t find murdered children compelling enough” I agree 100%. Just like the traitorous Dems that vote to cut Social Security, we need to organize and make examples of them. Show them that if they put their corporate masters ahead of the people they were elected to represent, they will be kicked out on their asses. It kills me that they are allowed to call themselves Democrats.

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