ICYMI: Sen. Chris Murphy, campaigning for Ted Strickland, goes after Rob Portman on gun issues [The Columbus Dispatch]

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Key Points:

  • “Murphy, a House member elected to the Senate a month before the Sandy Hook shootings, appeared with Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland in Columbus to denounce the record of his opponent, incumbent Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on updating gun laws.”

  • "For some reason, Rob Portman has chosen to double down with the gun lobby at a moment when the public is really calling for change," Murphy said.

  • “Strickland also claimed that Portman sides with the National Rifle Association on fighting gun law reforms, saying the NRA represents gun manufacturers rather than gun owners.

  • Murphy said Portman, for example, refused to support a compromise bill to ban the sale of guns to those on the do-not-fly list.” 

Sen. Chris Murphy, campaigning for Ted Strickland, goes after Rob Portman on gun issues
The Columbus Dispatch, Randy Ludlow
October 4, 2016
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/10/03/sen--chris-murphy-campaigning-for-ted-strickland-goes-after-rob-portman-on-gun-issues.html

Nearly four years later, the children who perhaps saw their classmates' blood and bodies at Sandy Hook Elementary School continue to use code words.

Student are instructed to use the assigned word — like "monkey" — to alert teachers if another pupil is attempting to engage in conversation about the memories of that day.

Despite the deaths of 20 children and six adult staff members on Dec. 14, 2012 — and subsequent mass shootings — Congress has done nothing, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, said today.

The shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and others have failed to move Congress to enact "common-sense" gun safety laws such as expanded background checks on purchases and a ban on sales to those on the do-not-fly list of potential terrorists, Murphy said. 

Murphy, a House member elected to the Senate a month before the Sandy Hook shootings, appeared with Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland in Columbus to denounce the record of his opponent, incumbent Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on updating gun laws.

"For some reason, Rob Portman has chosen to double down with the gun lobby at a moment when the public is really calling for change," Murphy said.

Strickland also claimed that Portman sides with the National Rifle Association on fighting gun law reforms, saying the NRA represents gun manufacturers rather than gun owners.

Murphy said Portman, for example, refused to support a compromise bill to ban the sale of guns to those on the do-not-fly list. Portman countered Monday that he supports such a measure, but only if it contains a due-process provision allowing those on the list to contest their inclusion.

The once-NRA backed Strickland supports expanding background checks to those buying guns at gun shows or online. He backs a Democrat-sponsored amendment that would ban suspected terrorists from buying guns, and he even acknowledges that he would get behind an assault-weapons ban if he believed it was enforceable.

Portman has said he was concerned that the Democratic bills being considered didn't adequately protect the rights of those mistakenly put on such lists. He also supported a Republican proposal that would delay, but not ban, suspected terrorists from buying guns. That measure would direct the attorney general to take a suspected terrorist into custody if he or she attempted to buy a gun. 

In 2013, the senator voted against a bill that would have banned magazines of more than 10 bullets. And as a House member in 2003, he voted in support of barring people from being able to sue gun manufacturers and gun sellers for others' misuse of a gun. In general, he has called for stricter enforcement of gun laws, enhancement of school security and improved mental-health care.

Strickland has said the spate of mass shootings at Sandy Hook and elsewhere prompted him to alter his prior pro-gun stance.

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