Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pols discuss Obama's gun violence plan

Legislators, including the two congressmen who represent portions of Delaware County, had mixed reactions to President Barack Obama’s proposals for curbing gun violence, which were released Wednesday — 33 days after the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six staff members dead.

You can check out what they had to say here.

One thing U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-1, of Philadelphia, brought up was how he has no rating from the National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest gun-rights lobby. "That’s one of the things I’m most proud of," he said.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey,D-Pa., had a B+ rating from the NRA back in October, but it was unclear Wednesday whether that rating has changed now that his stance has changed on new gun laws.

Both U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., have an A rating from the NRA and have received donations from the organization during their political careers, according to a recent Washington Post analysis.

Meehan has reportedly received about $10,900 in career donations from the NRA and Toomey has received $27,250, according to the Washington Post analysis.

Asked whether the NRA’s donations have an influence on Meehan’s decisions about gun laws, Keith said, "Congressman Meehan’s decisions on this issue are guided by his years of experience prosecuting criminals for gun offenses, and as always by the residents of the 7th District."

Elizabeth Anderson, Toomey’s spokeswoman, did not respond to that question.

Hopefully some of these legislators won't let the powerful NRA bully them into making decisions about gun violence issues. It's time to start listening more to constituents and not lobbying groups.


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