Ask Tom Reed About Gun Control Tomorrow

Twenty-seven killed in a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school.  That’s what the media are reporting late on Friday afternoon.

When constituents meet with Rep. Tom Reed at Saturday, they might want to ask him about where he stands on gun control.

If Reed’s past reactions to national tragedies are any indication, he will not support efforts to reduce gun violence.  After Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others were shot in Arizona in January 2011, Reed told a conference call:

“You know my feelings about the Second Amendment,” which, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms. “To me it’s an individual, fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution. This tragedy hasn’t changed my philosophy and my belief in that principle of the Constitution.”  (Buffalo Evening News, January 12, 2011)

After the July 2012 shooting in a Colorado theater, Reed said:

“Saying that somehow taking away our constitutional freedom is somehow going to further protect us, I don’t think is something we are going to support.”  (WENY-TV, July 23, 2012)

Have the Connecticut shootings changed Rep. Reed’s mind on gun control?  Let’s ask.  Every parent and grandparent in the 23rd Congressional district should want to know his answer.

-Ray Copson

About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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2 Responses to Ask Tom Reed About Gun Control Tomorrow

  1. Bruce Harrington says:

    I am a teacher, a parent and a grandparent and I hope Tom Reed will continue to stand up for our 2nd Amendment rights.


  2. pystew says:

    Bruce, Can you explain the reason(s) Assault Weapons should be available? How can you justify not having background checks for guns purchased at gun shows, on line, or during private sales? I never had anyone explain their thinking on these topics without the “If you outlaw guns, then only outlaws would have guns.” screamed at me.


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