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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bloomberg to Grade Law Makers on Gun Control

The NRA has done it in great detail for years.  Now, Bloomberg's Mayor's Against Illegal Guns continues its attempt to be a counterweight to the NRA.  From the Washington Post:
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the nonprofit group financed by Bloomberg (I), will unveil a scoring system Tuesday to award lawmakers grades of A through F, much like the National Rifle Association, which has derived much of its power by deploying letter rankings against politicians at election time. The group’s strategists briefed The Washington Post on the plans ahead of Tuesday’s announcement.
The article also notes that Bloomberg began running more ads yesterday that feature Neil Heslin, whose son, Jesse Lewis, was killed in December’s elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn:
The group is targeting Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Daniel Coats (R-Ind.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.).
Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned noted yesterday the difficult possition that Toomey is in in Pennyslyvania.  Reports that are now centering around Toomey as the key vote to get so-called "universal background checks" through the Senate may be just the latest in a long list of the "Key Vote of the Day" as we don't get real substance in the reports.  And, as Sebastian wrote yesterday, Toomey is in a reliably blue state in which he will have to run for re-election in a presidential year when turn-out among Democrats will be much higher.  That doesn't mean we excuse them for not supporting our rights, we just need to make sure we do all we can to support them when they support.

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