Kerry and Warren (and Brown) quiet on assault weapons ban

Let me preface this by stating that until Friday, the libertarian streak in me was against strict gun regulation. On Friday, it has become obvious my thinking was flawed and that the bar we have set is too low. Just like every other industry peddling with dangerous substances or objects is subject to strict regulations, the gun industry should be too. A step in the right direction is the assault weapons ban. Imagine if Lanza had to reload every few shots — the carnage would have been significantly less.

However, according to Mother Jones, all three of our senators are quiet on the assault weapons ban.

I am particularly disappointed by Senator Elect Elizabeth Warren‘s absence of leadership. I directly called her out on twitter (twice) and have not received any answer.

This is unacceptable, considering that the vast majority of the Massachusetts electorate supports an assault weapons ban, not to mention the actual voters who elected her over Senator Scott Brown.

And if outgoing Senator Scott Brown is a real independent he tries to portray himself, and wants to have a shot a re-election, he would support this ban.

Senator John Kerry may be calculating in order to get appointed to his new position, and being deliberately quiet. Let’s note that inaction is taking sides. There is no “neutral”. Either you support the ban or not. To support the ban you need to vote for it. Let’s not allow Kerry to choose the side that his constituents, and the majority of the country, are not supporting.

I call on the BMG community to step up and send a clear message via social media and any other means (letters? calls?) you deem effective.

The opportunity for change is now. Let’s use it.

Thank you,

nc



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11 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. What are you talking about, re Kerry?

    From the Mother Jones link:

    Name: John Kerry (D-Mass.)

    For the ban? YES

    Shock factor? Nil. He a very liberal gun owner.

    Comment: “If the horror of what happened in Newtown isn’t a wakeup call sufficient to stiffen some spines in Congress, I don’t know what is.”

    How long response took after Newtown: 3 days

    As for Warren, I’d like to hear her take a more proactive response to this, but I don’t think that Twitter inactivity (likely not even seen by the Senator-elect) should count against her.

    • Agreed

      Thanks sco for the double-check!

    • Pleasant surprise

      And I checked the link just before posting and Kerry was not listed yet…I am pleasantly surprised.

      I am not opposed Sen Warren ignoring twitter calls, but this should not be:


      Vitter, David (R-La.): ?
      Warren, Elizabeth (Sen.-Elect, D-Mass.): ?
      Webb, Jim (D-Va.): ?

  2. Warren on record in July

    in support of renewing federal assault weapons ban. Via Globe.

  3. Part of the problem is that MJ is looking just at public comments

    in the last 4 days. It is ignoring people who ran on banning them (ie Warren), or people who have supported – even cosponsored – legislation in the past. It looks like they added Kerry’s statement, but this is even a position he spoke on when running for President.

    Because of this the several “maybes” are treated better than those who did not make a statement. At this point, a “maybe” is not all that good.

  4. Three sentences from Ed Markey four days ago.

    In an issued statement;
    “How many more innocent people have to die senseless deaths until we enact stricter rules that address unfettered access to guns? Thirty-four people are killed with guns every day in America. It past time for a national debate on gun control and solutions to ensure that this terrible trend in mass shootings finally comes to an end.”

    So OK, Ed. You’ve had three days. Start the debate.

  5. Brown Opposes Assault Weapons Ban

    Also on record in July.

    Not surprising for the gun lobby’s favorite Senator.

    And in all fairness to Markey, his comment sounds to me like support for a ban. The pro-”debate” side is generally the pro-gun safety side, because things have become so lopsided that there really hasn’t been any debate since the ’90s.

  6. You can take Warren off your list

    I just received this by email:

    John,

    One of the country’s largest billboards is next to Fenway Park, facing the Massachusetts Turnpike. It has a giant number counter.

    When I was running for the Senate, I passed that billboard nearly every week, sometimes three or four times in a single day. I always looked at the counter to see how it had changed since the last trip, counting the change — up two, six more, another one.

    The counter is from Stop Handgun Violence, and it shows the number of children killed by guns in the United States. Every time I saw it I thought about another small coffin.

    Over the past two years, more than 6,000 children have been killed by guns. The number jumped by twenty little children last Friday, and then it climbed on Saturday, on Sunday, and kept on climbing as other children died.

    Like millions of people across this country, I was heartbroken by the news of Sandy Hook Elementary School. I don’t know how to explain their deaths, or to explain why six heroic teachers and staff members needed to make the ultimate sacrifice for their kids. And I don’t know how any of us explain what happened to our children and our grandchildren.

    The ultimate causes of such tragedy are impossible to understand fully, but the difficulty of untangling all the elements is not an excuse for failing to do what we can to make our children safer. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to our children to take the steps we can to stop the violence.

    There may be no foolproof solution, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do better.

    As Mayor Tom Menino — co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns — said, “Now is the time for a national policy on guns that takes the loopholes out of the laws, the automatic weapons out of our neighborhoods and the tragedies like today out of our future.”

    That’s why, when I get to the Senate, I will sign onto Senator Feinstein’s bill to re-instate a ban on assault weapons and other commonsense gun control measures.

    I grew up in family that used guns. My older brothers hunted, and I learned to shoot when I was in grade school. I understand the role that hunting and guns play in many communities across the country. There can be a place for responsible gun ownership in our society.

    But no one needs military-grade assault weapons to hunt, and no one needs Rambo-style high capacity magazines to protect their family from intruders.

    The facts are simple: 83 Americans die every day from gun violence in America. Eight of those people are children or teenagers. Eight a day, every day — thousands a year, tens of thousands in the last decade.
    If eight children were dying every day from a mysterious virus, our country would mobilize to put a stop to it. Gun violence is an epidemic that is taking our children’s lives in our schools, on our streets, and in our neighborhoods.

    As with other epidemics, we must do everything we can to make a difference for people through prevention and treatment. We must renew our commitment to mental health care — to ensure that children and adults can receive both the physical and psychological health care they need in America.

    And we must put in place commonsense gun laws and enforce those laws. Right now, 40% of gun sales are not subject to a federal background check because they are purchased privately at gun shows, online, or person-to-person. The Fix Gun Checks Act would close this huge loophole. We must look for other reasonable measures like this to protect our kids as we move forward.

    Re-authorizing the assault weapons ban is a responsible first step that we can take now. Is that all we can do? Of course not. Is it a full solution that will stop all gun violence? No, but it is a start.

    It is not possible to explain to our children what happened in Sandy Hook, but it is possible to make changes that will help keep them safer. We owe this to all our children.

    Thank you,
    Elizabeth

  7. All Three Senators have issues statements now!

    It may have taken them a few days, but all three Senators (incl. Scott Brown!) now support an federal assault weapons ban.

    Please consider this a closed case!

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