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Congressman Chris Smith Does Not Support Expanded Background Checks

Diary rescue from Sunday. This is Francee’s first post at Blue Jersey. You might like to know that every Democrat in the NJ House delegation is a co-sponsor of this HR-1565, backed by the Brady Campaign, founded by President Reagan’s late press secretary James Brady and his wife Sarah. Brady died one month ago, from gunshot injuries suffered in the assassination attempt on Reagan’s life. Brady’s death has been ruled a homicide. There is no reason why sensible gun legislation should not have the support of both parties. HR-1565 was authored by Republican Rep. Pete King of NY. Only 2 members of his party have signed on to cosponsor; neither is from NJ. Smith has a chance to show real leadership here; I hope he shows it. Promoted by Rosi.

After hearing about the alarmingly high number of school shootings this year, 74 in 2014 alone, I decided to write a letter to my Congressman, Chris Smith.  Smith has refused to co-sponsor a federal bill, HR-1565, for Expanded Background Checks on firearms. This bill would help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and I wanted to know why he hasn’t supported it publicly.

Smith’s office responded to my inquiry with an explanation which included that he supported the Brady Handgun Bill in 1993.  Thank you Congressman for supporting common sense in 1993.  Due to NRA influenced politicians, much of the Brady Bill has become irrelevant.  So, Congressman, stating two decades old support of Brady in your response is also irrelevant.

What is relevant is that America leads developed nations in homicide by gun, suicide by gun, mass shootings,  accidental death of children by gun, school shootings, and women shot by domestic abusers.  Where is your current support for gun sense, Congressman?