The article is a Press Release from “John Plumb for Congress”.
First, Tom Reed voted to defund the Department of Homeland Security. Then, Tom Reed disparaged a veteran in the district.
Now, Tom Reed is “against banning gun sales to people on no-fly, terror watch lists.”
In a recent interview on the topic of homeland security, Reed said that keeping guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists “misses the point.”
Reed is talking about a bipartisan effort, led by New York Republican Congressman Peter King, to close the dangerous loophole that currently allows suspected terrorists to purchase guns and explosives.
“As someone who answered the call to protect and defend this country, it is completely beyond comprehension why Congressman Tom Reed would oppose keeping guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists,” said Chautauqua County Democratic Committee chair and Vietnam-era veteran Norman P. Green. “This is such a no-brainer issue, and it raises serious questions about Tom Reed putting politics ahead of protecting the homeland and keeping Americans safe.”
Voted Against Bill To Fund Department Of Homeland Security. On March 3, 2015, Reed voted against a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. “The House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday funding the Department of Homeland Security through the end of September, effectively ending a congressional standoff that nearly shut the department down at the end of last week. The bill, identical to a measure that cleared the Senate last Friday, passed by a margin of 257 to 167, with 75 Republicans and 182 Democrats voting in favor.” [HR 240, Vote #109, 3/03/15; CBS, 3/03/15]
“Meanwhile, Reed said that he is not in favor of legislation that would infringe on a U.S. citizen’s Second Amendment rights, even if that person was on a federal no-fly list or similar terror watch list”………However, Reed says: “Rather than take on the issue and engage in the politics of the
issue, I’m interested in taking on the big problem,” Reed Continued. “The big problem is the threat that ISIS and related extreme Islamic radical jihadist groups represent when they engage in the acts that we saw right here in the homeland in California.”
So what is Reed saying?
The “big problem” is not letting potential “extreme Islamic radical jihadist groups” once inside the US acquire guns?
Tom Reed is part of the big problem – Americans might be better off fearing extreme NRA/Tom Reed gibberish than jihad.
As the veteran Mr. Green stated; “This is such a NO BRAINER issue…” So, how did you expect Reed to vote?
If Republicans would stand up against the gun lobby, Tom would say he cares about protecting us from firearm violence, and that Rep. Kings bill is only common sense. As it is, he joins the gun lobby in hawking political spin rather than common sense. Yet King’s bill is the least we could do: rather enact reforms that are mostly symbolic, we should insist on measures that would prove effective.