I am not sure how this country has become so partisan, the positive gun culture has been woven into the fabric of our nation, from the earliest colonial days. Certainly our nation has changed, grown, adapted as time has passed, but our love of guns and the passion for the 2nd Amendment is something that surpasses political lines. This fact is what concerns me the most about an article I read on Politico this morning:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s aides met recently with staffers of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to warn them: Targeting vulnerable Democrats like Arkansas’s Mark Pryor on gun control could backfire on the party, according to POLITICO. Apparently, Bloomberg did not listen. Ads from the Bloomberg-funded Mayors Against Illegal Guns are going up soon in Alaska, Arkansas and North Dakota — three states with Democratic senators who broke with the White House on last month’s background checks vote. It’s all got Democrats nervous about keeping their hold on the Senate, if they are under attack from not only Republicans but pro-gun control forces as well.
Bloomberg’s group has made its choice: Its radio spots in Arkansas will target the state’s African-American community, “without which Mark Pryor doesn’t have a prayer of getting reelected,” said Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Four Senate Democrats — Pryor, Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — joined with Republicans to derail the bill, drawing howls of protest from the gun control movement and complaints from the White House. But it’s Pryor’s fate that has Democratic leadership most worried.
Senate Democrats point to the example of former Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln as a warning. Labor unions, angered by Lincoln’s vote against legislation they backed, helped fund a primary challenger in 2010. Lincoln narrowly won that primary, and then was swamped that November by Republican John Boozman. Democratic senators and aides also note that Pryor has backed President Barack Obama and the leadership on other big issues such as Obamacare, banking reform and taxes, and Reid will need him on upcoming immigration votes.
I have seen both sides of the aisle hold their ground so firmly even to their detriment. I do not understand why the Democratic party is willing to spend so much political capital on this issue and these laws when they have so many other items they would like to accomplish on their agenda. Why they are so set on these Bills when it is obvious they are “feel good laws” at best, tyranny at the worst, and will do nothing to stop evil with intent on harming others.
Why would they take on their own party’s Senators when their hold on Congress is not as strong as they desire? They admit that Senator Pryor has supported many other major items on the Obama agenda, but Sen. Pryor felt like he was voting the way his constituents would want him to vote. If every member of congress had done so – we would not even be having this conversation. For example, if the Senators in Colorado had made their votes based on the wishes of the people of Colorado, the mail, the e-mails, the phone calls, they would not have voted for this Bill either. In our Representative Republic, we the people elected the individuals who we most trusted would govern in a way aligned with our values. I am sure the people of Arkansas made the decision to vote for Sen. Pryor because they feel he represents their interests.
I think that’s one thing the American people are frustrated about, these purity tests. Quite honestly, I’m here to represent Arkansas. I think people on all sides, in all parties and all groups, they need to go back to civics class and maybe read the Constitution and realize we’re here to represent our states and the people who sent us to Washington.
~Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR)
There is something very disturbing about one Billionaire, from one state, messing with the political will of the people in another state. It is time we take our country back.