Shame on the U.S. Senate


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Shame on all 46 Senators–including 4 Democrats–who just voted against requiring background checks for gun purchases–something 90% of Americans support. Four months after the Newtown massacre, they are still kowtowing to the gun lobby instead of protecting our kids and families.

Right now, we need to send a loud message to let these 46 senators know just how disgusted we are with their inability to put our children and families ahead of the NRA. Champions in the Senate are going to keep fighting for this bill and we need put every senator who voted “No” on notice: We’re here, we know what you did, and we’re going to hold you accountable.

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6 comments

  1. Tracy Goodwin

    It is hard to claim we live in a representative government when 90% of the people support something yet Congress won’t do anything about it. Congressional members love to talk about their mandate from the people right after elections but they are oddly silent about the mandate from the people right now.

  2. martynwilsoncopywriter

    I’m a Brit living in France, so this is all very strange. Can someone explain to me WHY the Senators are kowtowing to the gun lobby over something that has near-unanimous support in the country at large? If this sort of thing happened in the UK or in France (and probably elsewhere in Europe) after a massacre like that at Newtown, there would be rioting on the streets – literally.

    I sincerely hope that, for the next Senate election the people (“We the people…”, remember) campaign actively against all 43 of these Senators: starting now.

    • Tracy Goodwin

      Simple answer is that our government is bought. At this point many Congressional members have their districts drawn such that they have little to no fear of loosing an election. Redistricting has left the US with most Congressional districts designed to ensure the district will remain in control of the party that created the districts. As long as the Congressional member doesn’t cross the party s/he will not face from an internal challenge and the district is designed to prevent an external challenge. So even though Congressional members are elected they are also insulated from the electorate. They have a lot of freedom to act against the constituency as long as they act in the interest of their party.

      • Martyn Wilson

        Thanks for explaining, Tracy. It’s a rather dismal prospect for the rest of us, but it still doesn’t explain why the 90% who support some form of gun control don’t start working together against the Congressional members who failed to support this eminently sensible piece of legislation.

        There is an interesting perspective in today’s issue of The Sunday Times (UK) by Andrew Sullivan in which he contrasts reactions to the Boston Marathon murders with the fact that 58 Americans die of gunshot wounds every day.

        • Tracy Goodwin

          People in the US don’t organize against Congress due to apathy. We only have two parties so every election we are given the choice between one Democrat and one Republican for whatever elected office we are voting on. Both will behave in much the same ways the only difference is which special interests they care the most about. If our elected official acts against the will of the people during the next election our only choice is either to re-elect the incumbent or elect the one candidate from the other party. A good chunk of our populace is unwilling to vote for the other party because of ideology. For example few pro-choice pro-gay marriage individuals will vote for a Republican and few pro-life pro-traditional marriage will vote for a Democrat. So basically we feel trapped. We have to pick somebody but both are bad choices, neither will really listen to the people, both are bought and sold by the wealthy and special interests. In the end we don’t really have a choice on how our government is run, we are given the illusion of choice. Unfortunately this has been the situation long enough that people accept it as inevitable. I am 32 years old and I have yet to vote even once for a candidate I liked. Every single vote I have cast has been for the least worst candidate.

          Beyond that politicians work hard to obscure issues and confuse the population with their smoke and mirrors. They talk cutting the budget when really they are growing the budget less than they could have. They throw around numbers about savings when there is no actually $ decrease in cost rather it is just the difference between two growing forecasts. They make a big deal about programs by citing 10yr numbers when we don’t even know if their budget and laws will be in place in a few years. Then you throw in the stupid political games like the budgetary brinkmanship that has been so prevalent over the last couple of years. For example just this year we had the ‘fiscal cliff’ which was a huge deal for months but was delayed at the last minute with no real improvement over last time. Then we just had to deal with the possibility of the federal government becoming unfunded by Congress. And now we are facing another debt ceiling debate. Between all of the political games and the electorate feeling like they really don’t have a choice it is no wonder Americans are apathetic about their government.

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