Monday April 22, 2013

It would be interesting to check the financial records of senators, in particular the four Democrats, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Begich of Alaska, Max Baucus of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, to see if they can account for the money that may be in their accounts from the National Rifle Association. What will eventually motivate these four, and their Republican counterparts, to see that they’re on the wrong side of an obvious moral issue?

Sometimes a representative has to swallow the bullet, (no pun intended), and vote in opposition to what their constituents may be battling for. One would hope that our elected officials would have the moral gumption and intelligence to see that there are black and white issues that need to be acted upon.

Background checks prior to being able to buy a gun is such an issue. If any one of the 46 senators who voted against the bill were unfortunate enough to have suffered the trauma of having a loved one murdered by an individual who should have been prevented from buying a gun, and ammunition, you would see how fast they would be "doing the right thing."

The answer to their intransigence can be rectified at the polls. We cannot forget. Many of our elected officials believe that the voting public have a seven-day-memory and don’t concern themselves with an election more than a year away. They’re too busy groveling for the dollars needed to run in the next election. There probably hasn’t been a better time to reconsider the issue of term limits.


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The job in Washington was never meant to be a life’s work.

MICHAEL STORCH

Monterey