Letters to the editor, April 16
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Updated: May 17, 2013 6:04AM
Congress isn’t listening to people about gun laws
Despite its protestations, I think that we can be pretty certain that the leadership of the NRA is less concerned about the Second Amendment than it is about the profits of the gun industry for whom it apparently serves as a lobby.
We know with a great deal of certainty, according to reputable polls, that 90 percent of the national electorate, including gun owners and NRA members, want our elected representatives in Washington to enact strong gun control laws that include comprehensive background checks and the elimination of the availability of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips. Given these circumstances, how can we explain their reluctance to act in our loudly and clearly expressed interest in this matter?
Why are our U.S. Congressmen and Senators more responsive to the pressures of the gun lobby than they are to their constituents? Is this really the way a representative government is supposed to work? Perhaps they believe that the money they receive from the NRA to help them win reelection will help them to win us over, as it admittedly has in previous elections.
They apparently do not understand that with Newtown we have turned a corner. We will not turn back. We will not forget. All of us must tell them, in no uncertain terms, that if they will not represent our interests in this matter we will vote them out of office and then, depending on their response, act accordingly at the next election.
Questions to Visclosky lead to few useful answers
A while back I went to a town hall meeting in Griffith, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky. I attended a meeting a couple years ago so I pretty much knew what to expect.
When we walked in we were asked if we wanted to fill out a postcard with a question we wanted to ask. I took a card and my question was, with Congress’ ratings so low, why did you vote yourself a raise? He read my question and he assured us all that he hadn’t voted himself a raise in years.
After he read the questions on the cards, he asked if there were any more questions, I stood up and told him that I was the one that asked the question about the pay raise. I told him I got the information out of the Post-Tribune in the “how they voted” section. He really didn’t have an answer for that.
After that someone asked why Congress keeps taking money out of social security. Pete said Congress has never taken any money out of social security. Needless to say there was a lot of people shaking their heads on that one.
An older lady then asked him why we were sending F-16s to Egypt, and the Muslim brotherhood. Pete said our government would never do that. I knew we were, and obviously the lady knew it. I just wonder why Pete didn’t know it.