“Thoughts and prayers are not enough. And it’s time for action.”
Those are the words heard once more on the floor of the US House of Representatives after another mass shooting. But this time those words meant a little more because they came from a surprising source: a Republican.
GOP Rep. Bob Dold (R.-Ill) made news by being a Republican willing to call for common-sense gun laws. But he’s basically the only one.
The rest, including New Mexico’s own Rep. Steve Pearce (R.-NM2) just thought about it a little more and prayed again.
My thoughts and prayers continue to be with victims, families, and city of Orlando – we will not let terrorism win
— Steve Pearce (@RepStevePearce) June 13, 2016
It turns out Pearce isn’t doing much to stop the terrorists. In fact, he’s doing a pretty good job of protecting their access to weapons of mass murder.
Pearce voted three times for bills keeping terrorists from obtaining guns and explosives. More than 2,000 persons on the terrorist watch list have been reported to have done so.
Pearce could introduce his own bill, or sign on to bills sponsored by Democrats to prohibit people on the no fly list and terrorist watchlists from buying firearms. He could sponsor legislation to repeal all of the bills he voted for that exempted gun manufacturers from lawsuits or he could vote to reverse his vote that actually prohibited the District of Columbia from implementing a gun lock safety program in the city.
In case you want to contact Steve Pearce and suggest some of the things he could do to address gun violence, here’s a partial list of his votes that put firearms into the hands of bad people and protect those who do that from responsibility:
And, in case you forgot, Steve Pearce was one of the NRA’s most rewarded politicians in Congress.
You can check out our report from earlier this year cataloguing the six-figure contributions he has received from the NRA’s various entities whose sole agenda is to stop any reasonable, responsible gun legislation. And they bought Steve Pearce to help do it.