Schneider Urges Dold to Stop Blocking Commonsense Gun Safety Legislation

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Schneider Urges Dold to Stop Blocking Commonsense Gun Safety Legislation

NORTHBROOK, IL— One week from today and after seven full weeks of vacation, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives finally returns to work.

Before beginning his extended vacation, Republican Congressman Bob Dold proved unwilling to stand up to his party and take action to bring commonsense gun safety legislation up for a vote. Over the past year, Dold sided with his party more than 20 times to block a vote on gun safety legislation. And he still refuses to sign his name to a letter or discharge petition that would force Speaker Paul Ryan to allow a vote on the matter.

Over this remaining week of Congress’s vacation, the Schneider for Congress campaign will be urging Dold to reverse his position. Dold should stop siding with Republican party leadership and the gun lobby, and instead take concrete steps to allow a vote on legislation that is supported by the vast majority of Americans. 

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Today’s post:

Voters deserve a Representative who will back up their talk with action. Less than three hours after speaking on the House floor and declaring “thoughts and prayers are not enough” to combat gun violence, Republican Congressman Bob Dold voted with his party to again block consideration of a bill that would keep guns from people on the terrorist watch list

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1.     Voters deserve a Representative who will back up their talk with action. Less than three hours after speaking on the House floor and declaring “thoughts and prayers are not enough” to combat gun violence, Republican Congressman Bob Dold voted with his party to again block consideration of a bill that would keep guns from people on the terrorist watch list.

2.     Americans want common-sense gun safety legislation. Over 85% of Americans favor expanding background checks for gun buyers, according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted in July 2015. Both Democrats (88 percent) and Republicans (79 percent) supported the idea. Yet the gun lobby-controlled Republican Congress continues to block this commonsense legislation.

3.     Military-style assault weapons have no place in our neighborhoods. Brad called for universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons in his very first speech as a Congressman. In contrast, Dold continues to block commonsense gun safety legislation and refused to support banning assault weapons.

4.     Dold can easily help force a vote to stop terrorists from buying guns, and won’t
Dold refuses to add his name to the more than 180 signatures on a discharge petition that would require Speaker Ryan to bring No Fly, No Buy legislation up for a vote.

 5.     Dold won’t stand up to the Gun Lobby. Brad is proud of his “F” rating from the National Rifle Association.

 

6.     Dold won’t speak up to his leadership about gun safety. Dold has touted his membership of Speaker Paul Ryan’s exclusive “Advisory Group” which regularly provides counsel to the Speaker. Yet, when Dold had the opportunity to lobby the Speaker, he did not speak up about gun reform. Dold remains a part of Speaker Ryan’s group despite Ryan’s continued refusal to bring common sense gun violence legislation up for a vote.

 

7.     This is about saving lives, not politics. Brad was named in memory of a relative who was killed by a gunman. For him, this reducing gun violence is a deeply personal issue and his record fighting for this issue in Congress is proof. Tenth District residents deserve a representative who will offer more than empty promises and will stand up to Republican leadership and interest groups to reduce gun violence in our communities.

 

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