The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has come out with a new way for voters to assess members of the U.S. House and Senate, asking:
“Is your politician a ‘lap dog’ for the NRA (National Rifle Association) and its corporate cash? Do they do tricks? Roll over? All for gun lobby treats?”
The Brady Campaign has launched a new video, website and scorecard, showing the money lawmakers have taken from the gun lobby “while blocking life-saving legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals.” It should be no surprise which elected officials from Kansas and Missouri showed up as lap dogs for the NRA and its corporate cash.
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In Kansas, Republican Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts and Republican Reps. Kevin Yoder, Mike Pompeo, Tim Huelskamp and Lynn Jenkins all earned “lap dog” status from the Brady Campaign.
In Missouri (again no surprises), the lap dog label went to Republican Sen. Roy Blunt but not Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. The lap dogs among Missouri’s delegation in the House were Republican Reps. Sam Graves, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler, Billy Long, Ann Wagner and Jason Smith. Democratic Reps. Emanuel Cleaver and William Lacy Clay, like McClaskill, got a thumbs up, no lap dog designation from the Brady Campaign.
Federal and state lawmakers failed to act to toughen gun laws after the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., even though there was a clear public outcry for action. A gunman shot to death 20 children and six educators at the school.
Lawmakers in some states even liberalized gun laws after the shooting, going in the wrong direction.