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.