June 15, 2016

Here are 3 things Steve Pearce could do to actually stand up to terrorists with guns

Print More

“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.

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.

Sidebar: See what Steve Pearce actually introduced in Congress instead of smart gun laws (amazing)

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:

  • Voted YES three times on bills to keep terrorists from obtaining guns and explosives (2012 +)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • source: ontheissues.org

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.

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 11.29.45 AM

Read the report: Steve Pearce has taken $112,931 from the NRA to stay silent on shootings