Weapons manufacturers bought our representatives again. Are we a corporate fascist state or is there still time?
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) joined 45 other senators in voting down a compromise amendment that would have required gun sellers at gun shows or online to conduct background checks with federally licensed gun dealers. The measure, supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans, has been touted by law enforcement officials and victims of gun violence, hundreds of whom traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby elected officials.
On Thursday four gun safety advocates, including Christopher Gordon from Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Pam Simon, a former staffer to Gabby Giffords who was shot alongside the congresswoman in 2011, attended a “Coffee with Kelly” event — a constituent meet-up the senator hosts on Thursdays.
While there, Simon confronted Ayotte for voting down the popular measure and asked her to defend her position. In video obtained exclusively by ThinkProgress, the first-term senator didn’t address the need to keep criminals or mentally ill people from obtaining firearms and instead