Our Congressmen Doug LaMalfa and Tom McClintock are among the politicians “funded” by the National Rifle Association. Both are “A” students — at least according to the NRA’s myopic perspective.
“Listed below, alphabetically by state, are price tags for the members of Congress who receive NRA money,” according to a website NRACongress.com. “NRA dollar amounts shown are CAREER totals to date as obtained from the OpenSecrets.org website.” Both Doug and Tom are on the list. (See images)
As it turns out, an enterprising Congressman from outside our district — Democrat Mark DeSaulnier in the East Bay — is showing better leadership on gun safety than either of the Congressman who represent us in Nevada County.
DeSaulnier (CA-11) is the one who invited Amanda Wilcox, the mother of Nevada County shooting victim Laura Wilcox, to the State of the Union address on January 12.
Mark’s chief of staff Betsy Arnold Marr provided the background in an email to Sierra Foothills Report. It is based on the Congressman’s productive working relationship with Amanda Wilcox on gun safety in the nonpartisan Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (Jim Brady was an assistant to the U.S. President and White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan. In 1981, Brady became permanently disabled from a gunshot wound during the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan).
“Yes, the Congressman invited Ms. Wilcox to be his guest for the State of the Union. During his time in state government, Congressman DeSaulnier worked with Amanda on initiatives including lost and stolen and smart guns.
“He is currently writing gun legislation and wants to continue working with Amanda in DC. The Congressman was asked to attend the White House announcement and we fully expect this to be an important topic in the SOTU (State of the Union).”
Last month, DeSaulnier requested that the President take executive action on a series of gun safety initiatives (letter here). He found an opportunity to strengthen across the board procedures on how federal law enforcement officers store their guns.
“I commend President Obama for taking necessary executive action to address the gun violence epidemic in our country,” said DeSaulnier, who attended the President’s White House announcement on gun safety this week.
Congratulations Congressman DeSaulnier for representing our community on gun safety and inviting Amanda Wilcox to the State of the Union address to show support!
The Wilcox’s achievements
Nick and Amanda Wilcox of Nevada County are active in the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence — the nation’s largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence. With its dedicated network of California chapters, the Brady Campaign works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies.
The Wilcox’s were instrumental in the passage of AB 809 (long gun record retention) and AB 1014 (gun violence restraining order).
“I can honestly say that people are alive today in California who would not be were it not for Nick & Amanda’s work,” said Brady Campaign President Dan Gross.
“They are an inspiration to all of us at Brady and to so many more across this nation and we, as an organization, are so grateful for everything they’ve done. They are a true dynamic duo and serve as a shining example of the change each of us has the potential to create.”
Meanwhile, we’re stuck with LaMalfa and McClintock as our Congressional “leaders.”