Today, forty-five Senators combined to defeat all proposed gun control measures, including such common-sense measures as background checks for all gun purchases and stiffer penalties for gun traffickers. I’ll be sending this letter to all the members of the Senate who voted no.
In 1970, George McGovern stood on the Senate floor and declared “This Chamber reeks of blood.” Today, thanks to the actions of you and forty-four of your colleagues in blocking expanded background checks on gun purchases and stiffer penalties for gun traffickers, that statement rings just as true now as it did then. Henceforth, every Senator will be partially responsible for continued gun violence in America.
By refusing to support expanded background checks you ignored the will of the American people and failed to properly perform your job. Polls have consistently shown that over 80 percent of Americans support the common-sense bill you opposed. By taking a stance that directly contradicts the will of the American people you have revealed yourself to be little more than an NRA puppet unable think for yourself. According to the Center for Disease Control, 11,000 people are killed annually by guns in the United States. It is simply inexcusable to not take concrete steps to reduce this staggering number, and yet you failed to do so because you value your own reelection chances and campaign donations from special interests more than you value human lives.
By failing to pass even a basic gun control bill, you have dishonored the victims of Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech, and Columbine, and as well as those of thousands of other crimes. Come this time next year, another 11,000 Americans will have been killed and you will have their blood on your hands because you failed to take steps to prevent further bloodshed. You are unfit for public service and should be ashamed of yourself.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I eagerly await your excuse-riddled response.