Target: Senator Joe Manchin
Goal: Commend Senator Manchin for his television ad that fights back against the NRA.
The Democratic Senator from West Virginia, Joe Manchin, has always been a supporter of the Second Amendment. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, a group that has a lot of power on Capitol Hill. The NRA provides funding for many political candidates who in return promise to support pro-gun legislation. This results in corruption when congressional leaders are held back by the NRA to vote for logical pieces of legislation, such as background checks. An overwhelming majority of Americans support background checks for gun purchasers.
Recently, the Senate rejected a bill that would expand background checks on gun sales. Senator Manchin was a co-sponsor of the bill, and tried to bring it back after it was rejected. The NRA then attacked the senator through ads because of his support of background checks.
Senator Manchin fought back to the NRA’s ads with a new television ad. In it, he reaffirms his support of the Second Amendment and background checks. He urges Americans to voice their support of background checks by calling the NRA. The senator was elected in 2012, and will not be up for reelection until 2018. He has been using money from his campaign funds to pay for the ad.
The gun control debate is one of this issues that our country is sharply divided over right now. Background checks for gun buyers is not an issue that sharply divides our country, but it is dividing our congressmen and congresswomen because of their loyalty to the NRA. Commend Senator Manchin for fighting back against the NRA’s attacks by signing the petition below.
Dear Senator Manchin,
A large majority of Americans support background checks for gun purchasers. It is only common sense to have background checks on gun sales, and you realize this. You were co-sponsor of the bill for background checks, and even when it did not pass in the Senate, you did not give up.
You have been a member of the NRA for some time, and when the NRA attacked you for standing up for what is right, you stood up to the powerful interest group. Many senators and representatives do not have the courage to stand up to the NRA because of the influence it has in Washington and in political campaigns.
With all of the gun related assaults happening in America, background check legislation is necessary and needs to pass in congress. It is about time that a legislator stood up to the NRA. Thank you for standing up to the group and for your efforts in trying to pass the bill. Please keep fighting.
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