Republicans Embrace Obstructionist Tactics on Gun Control

Posted: January 17, 2013 in Community, Politics

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As expected, Texas Congressional Republican Representatives have issued press releases indicating strong opposition to President Obama and Vice President Biden’s heartfelt and compassionate proposals for gun control.  Their words convict them as obstructionists in this hour when we need reasonable reforms which make it more difficult for criminals and the mentally unfit to acquire assault weapons intended to be used by military personnel.

What is most appalling is the absence of any Republican comment of thanks extended to Vice President Joe Biden for his work compiling the input he received from over 200 groups, including the NRA, in an effort to make sure we are doing all we can to make our schools and communities safe from predators.

If we follow the lead of Texas Republicans, criminals will retain a tremendous advantage in their singular efforts to commit crimes and murder more innocent victims. Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, 900 gun related deaths have occurred across the United States, according to President Barack Obama.  During his speech he anticipated strong resistance but he isolated on a compelling truth which we must all address: “We have to try.”

Texas Representatives do not want to try. Their thoughtless reactions show their true colors. You can find your Texas representative’s website link here.   You will find, as did I, that the responses are very similar.

My representative’s press release appears below. (Links open in new window.) My notes appear in brackets.

Marchant Responds to Administration’s Gun Control Proposals

Washington, Jan 16 – Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s gun control proposals.

“Little, if anything, the President announced today that would have prevented the tragedy at Sandy Hook. That’s the problem. [Ed: No, that is the symptom, not the problem.] We must not parade window-dressing proposals around as actual solutions. Trampling on the 2nd Amendment by effectively disarming law-abiding citizens who are seeking to protect themselves, their families, and their property does nothing to prevent another Newtown. [You do not need an AK-47 to protect your family!]

“Ultimately, I believe our states, cities, and local school boards are in the best position to implement solutions that could help prevent some of these tragedies in the future. [Untrue. We need Federal standards to enforce our Federal Constitution.] I do not believe the federal government is best equipped to address the issue at hand. In the coming weeks, House and Senate committees will hold hearings on the twenty-three Executive Actions announced today as well as legislative proposals. I will oppose any efforts by the Administration or those in Congress to abridge the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms.”

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Additional press releases can be found at the U.S. Congressional site listing the names and districts of all of our Texas Representatives in Congress. Of note are the comments made by Rep. Stockton [This new “green-horn” member of Congress threatened Obama with impeachment (before the speech was given) and softened his view afterwards.] and Senator Ted Cruz[The Tea Party radical]. 

Rep Kenny Marchant has been a benefactor of Republican cronyism for years. He is not one of the shakers and movers of the party. He tows the Republican line, keeps a low profile, and just votes like he is told to vote.  He regularly canvasses voters in the district in the spirit of representative government. He is a follower, not a leader. A leader assesses the views of his or her constituents and acts to create solutions, which always contain an element of compromise.

Marchant’s comments do not begin to address the issues raised by our President. You can review an interactive of the major points of the President’s proposals here. The transcript of the President’s speech can be found here. My personal views on gun control can be found in previous blogs entitled Finding the Common Good in Gun Control and Is Gun Control in the Hands of Weekend Mountain Men? respectively.

The Major Points in President’s Proposal

Background checks

88 percent of Americans support background checks on people buying guns at gun shows.

I addressed why universal background checks are necessary in my first blog linked above. America agrees. Representative Kenny Marchant did not address this point specifically.

Military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines

58 percent of Americans support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons.

I agree with that wisdom. A nationwide ban on assault weapons will not prevent Americans from defending their families.

Gun Violence Research

Nothing about this proposal infringes on the Second Amendment.  Marchant wants to keep us ignorant as to the causes and solutions to gun violence.

Gun Safety

Is Representative Kenny Marchant opposed to gun safety? President Obama proposes that we “Launch a national campaign to promote common-sense safety measures.” How exactly does that infringe on the second amendment? I agree with the President.

School Safety

55 percent of Americans support placing an armed guard in every school.  President Obama proposes that we “Provide incentives for police departments to hire school resource officers through COPS hiring grants.”

We must not require teachers to carry handguns. It is insane to assign that level of responsibility to our teachers.

Mental Health

56 percent of Americans think inadequate treatment of mentally ill people contributes a great deal to gun violence. President Obama proposes that we “Provide $55 million for new initiative (Project AWARE) to make sure students get treatment for mental health issues.”

Republicans who take an absolutist position on this issue are doing our nation a great disservice. Contact your Congressman and let him or her know that you support our President.

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