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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:46 PM

Rep. Yarmuth: Wouldn’t regret losing my seat over gun control

Source: Raw Story

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) said Tuesday that he wouldn’t regretting losing his seat over tighter regulations on guns and invited the NRA to spend money to oppose his reelection.Yarmuth told The Washington Post that the power of the NRA was greatly overstated. He asked the gun lobby to “please spend their money” to oppose him, because “it would be wasted.”


In the wake of the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut, Yarmuth apologized on Monday for remaining silent on the issue of gun violence over his past six years in Congress. He said he learned “through painful history” that guns were more likely to be used to harm the innocent than to protect them.
Yarmuth told The Washington Post he was previously unwilling to talk about gun control because the issue was so quickly passed over by the national media. Though there was an initial furor after mass shooting incidents like the one in Colorado earlier this year, nobody continued to talk about the issue, he said.
“That gets to be pretty frustrating,” the congressman explained. “I think for me and for many people, this last event was a tipping point, it was the last straw. After Aurora, after Columbine, after the Sikh temple, after all these incidents, you just say, OK, we’ve just got to keep the drumbeat up, because it is when the drumbeat stops that we lose our opportunity to make changes.”


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/18/rep-yarmuth-wouldnt-regret-losing-my-seat-over-gun-control/

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Reply Rep. Yarmuth: Wouldn’t regret losing my seat over gun control (Original post)
octoberlib Dec 2012 OP
BVictor1 Dec 2012 #1
ellisonz Dec 2012 #2
6502 Dec 2012 #6
DisgustipatedinCA Dec 2012 #3
Jennicut Dec 2012 #5
Dems to Win Dec 2012 #4
6502 Dec 2012 #7
YOHABLO Dec 2012 #8

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:48 PM

1. About time someone showed some balls.

 

I hope that other members will join his stance and approach.

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Response to BVictor1 (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:54 PM

2. +1

It's long past time to stand up to these horrid people.

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Response to BVictor1 (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:38 PM

6. ... and WE should have some BALLS, too....

.... I mean, this rep is taking a big risk.

He's not just sticking out his neck, metaphorically.
He just painted a big red target on his chest for the NRA, literally.
I'm sure you all want to have his back... because you all know he needs your back.

After you read that, you got that
"Yeah, I'll fight for this guy. Heck, I'll fight with this guy." feeling, right?

Your thinking, "Yes."...

Hey, BVictor1, you want to imagine a way to feel more of that?

Maybe the link in my sig might suit you.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:57 PM

3. That was MY congressman

Now I live in Lynne Woolsey's district, but when I lived in Louisville, I had the distinct pleasure of voting for Mr. Yarmuth over my screeching neighbor, Anne Northup. Nice statement, Congressman.

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Response to DisgustipatedinCA (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:08 PM

5. I appreciate his honesty and willingness to not care about his re-election.

I hope there are more Reps and Senators out there like this. I live in Chris Murphy's district in CT and now he will be my Senator in January. He was on Rachel Maddow the other night. I wish it was under different circumstances. Newtown is also in the 5th district, which Murphy represented the last few years.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:52 PM

4. A congressman with the courage of a kindergarten teacher. A rare gem.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:38 PM

7. knr

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:03 AM

8. What is his constituency in Kentucky? Let's be honest ..

He was elected before, why not again? I think people are ready for someone to take a stand on gun control and perhaps this will work in his favor. Regardless of how much money the NRA throws at ousting him.

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