Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Senate Thank You List

Even though Eric Holder was confirmed as Attorney General, there were several Senators who actually paid attention to his record on the Second Amendment and other issues. Gun Owners of America has published the list of those voting for and against Holder. Unfortunately both Oregon Senators seem to see the Second Amendment as a sideline (or are actively hostile to it) so Holder had their full support. Here’s the list of the few that stood on principle and opposed Holder’s confirmation:

Barrasso (R-WY)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Johanns (R-NE)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

As you can see the number falls far short of the number of Senators receiving an “A” NRA rating as reported on a previous blog entry. Based on those numbers, there should have been over 40 senators in opposition to Holder’s confirmation. The fact that normally strong Second Amendment voices seem to already be on the defensive is not encouraging.

As a group we need to thank the Senators above for their continued support of the Bill of Rights. At the same time we must continue to ensure that Second Amendment issues get the visibility they need. The anti-Civil Rights leadership in Senate does not currently enjoy a super majority, but the margin for error is razor thin. If your Senator is one that normally is supportive of the Second Amendment, and their name does not appear on the list above, write to ask why Holder’s abysmal record on firearms was not considered in their decision and reiterate that such votes will weigh in your future political decisions.

Until next time!!!

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