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April 11, 2013

Alaska's Begich: "I strongly disagree" with much of Senate gun control plan

Two Democrats, Alaska's Mark Begich and Arkansas' Mark Pryor, voted against cutting off a filibuster and allowing gun legislation to proceed.

The vote to cut off debate was 68 to 31, with 16 Republicans joining 50 Democrats and two independents to stop the filibuster. Opposed were the two Democrats and 29 Republicans.

Begich, who like Pryor faces re-election next year, explained his view in a statement:

“I’ve long believed we don’t need more laws restricting the Second Amendment rights of Americans, we need to better enforce those on the books. So I’ll continue to fight against any new laws which infringe on our rights.

"At the same time, we can keep our communities safer by keeping guns out of the wrong hands and providing our schools more resources. That is why Senator Graham and I wrote a bipartisan bill which has been supported by both the NRA and mental health groups”

“I voted today against the so-called cloture motion because I strongly disagree with many of the provisions of the anti-gun legislation currently on the Senate floor. By my vote, I’ll continue to work for the opportunity to consider more sensible measures to make our communities safer. I’ll continue to oppose any proposal that undermines the fundamental rights of Alaskans.”



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Fear is the great motivator. But it is not the Fear that is being promoted that we should Fear. It is the ulterior motives of those utilizing that Fear, like the NRA, to motivate, that are to be Feared! Be assured that the only thing the NRA is interested in is Selling More, and More, and more, Guns in order to satisfy there employers, the Gun Manufacturers! Real solutions to gun control are the furthermost thing from their mind! Their financial life is all that concerns them. Greed will “Trump” Safety and Common Good every time!
The NRA would be calling for 105mm Howitzers on every lawn and in every school yard if they thought it would sell Howitzers! They don’t give a whit for who is safe or who is sorry. The only reason I can see for their objection to Universal Background Checks, is that their Market Analysis might have shown that a large percentage of gun buyers couldn’t pass a Background check -like criminals at Gun shows!Altruism has never been, or ever will be, any part of an NRA Marketing Plan! To [paraphrase] what the late Senator Joseph McCarthy was once asked: “Have you no decency, [GOP]?”

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