When it comes to gun regulation, Republican Rep. Fred Upton is a leopard trying to change its spots.
Responding to a petition from Kalamazoo Central High School students seeking stricter gun regulation, Upton painted himself to the Kalamazoo Gazette as a moderate who believes “guns must be kept out of the hands of dangerous and unstable individuals” and added that “our law enforcement needs all the tools in the toolbox. … Nothing should be off the table. …”
In fact, Upton, according to records maintained by nonpartisan vote tracking organization VoteSmart, has a long record of voting to take sensible regulations off the table – furthering the agenda pro-gun interests like the National Rifle Association, which according to figures from the Center for Responsive Politics has given him $12,106 in donations, second in Michigan only to far-right congressman Tim Social-Security-is-socialism Walberg.
Upton has voted to:
— Authorize the sale of firearms and ammunition to any veteran deemed mentally incompetent .
— Disapprove a rule submitted by the Social Security Administration which sought to implement restrictions on gun purchases by individuals who have been deemed incapable of managing their federal benefit payments.
— Block the District of Columbia from enforcing sensible firearms regulations.
— Force states to allow concealed carry by anyone with a permit from another state — no matter how lax that state’s requirements.
— Block the U.S. Commerce Department from using federal funds to enforce a requirement that guns be sold with trigger locks.
— Protect firearms manufacturers from liability stemming from their irresponsible sale of military-grade weapons.
— Repeal a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons like the one used in the Parkland, Fla., school massacre.
Don’t let Fred fool you and the rest of the Sixth District. He’s as pro-gun as they come — with a “A” rating from the NRA to prove it. Vote for Democrats — and sensible gun regulation to protect our children — this fall.