On April 29, Sen. Lamar Alexander responded to my correspondence regarding his vote on the Toomey-Manchin background check bill. I was incredibly disappointed in him for voting against common-sense gun legislation. Instead of engaging my concerns, he sent me back a form letter that told me he, or his staff, did not read the contents of my letter. His response is below.
Thanks very much for getting in touch with me and letting me know what’s on your mind regarding the right to bear arms.
I’m a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights and I received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association in their most recent ranking of my voting record. Congress should strongly defend our right to keep and bear arms, not pass laws that take away these rights from law abiding citizens and leave criminals to terrorize the streets. Good citizens don’t abuse guns – criminals do. I will continue fighting to protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans, and oppose efforts to overturn the Second Amendment.
I also believe that those of us who oppose efforts to restrict gun rights should be willing to stand up on the Senate floor and defend those rights. I supported a motion to permit debate on this subject because I am always ready to defend and debate the Second Amendment Constitutional rights of Tennesseans.
Overall, I was proud of the debate that we had, and pleased that the Senate rejected efforts to weaken the 2nd Amendment. I opposed the Toomey-Manchin amendment to expand background checks and the Feinstein amendment on so-called “assault weapons” because I believe they would have infringed on our Second Amendment rights.
I am grateful you took the time to let me know where you stand. I’ll be sure to keep your comments in mind as Second Amendment rights are discussed and debated in Washington and in Tennessee.
I absolutely hate being patronized. I hope you’ll contact Sen. Alexander, and tell him that not all Tennesseans support his intransigence. I plan on breaking down his email point by point in my next post.