The “Fatal Four”, and Their Future
When the bill that would have enhanced background checks for the purchase of guns failed in the Senate last week, President Obama showed anger and shame at those who ignored the wishes of 90% of Americans, and voted against the measure.
There wasn’t much to vote against. The extended checks would have included gun show and online purchases, a simple move that would have added a small, but necessary, safety measure for the American public.
The President was especially angry at the four Democrats who voted against it and submitted to demands of the gun lobby, known as the NRA. These four cowardly Democrats have been labeled the “Fatal Four”.
Two of the Senate Democrats, Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, are up for election in 2014 and both are facing stiff re-election battles. I suggest the men and women in Alaska and Arkansas vote for their opponents, disregarding how they have registered.
A third, freshman Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, isn’t up for election until 2018. The fourth, Max Baucus of Montana, said on Tuesday that he wouldn’t seek re-election, so we’re rid of him.
Not voting the wishes of the vast majority of voters displays a complete lack of moral character, and proves they have a loyalty to money and special interests, and are not concerned for the safety of the American public.
It’s up to you, America, you only have one source of power at your disposal, your vote. Use it wisely and without emotion. Vote for what is right, and for a candidate who will represent you.
Columnist-The Guardian Express