An East Bay Congressman leads our district better than LaMalfa or McClintock

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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 “NRA dollar amounts shown are CAREER totals to date as obtained from the ​ 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.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

10 thoughts on “An East Bay Congressman leads our district better than LaMalfa or McClintock”

  1. Interesting how cheaply Nevada County politicians can be bought. Let the bidding begin with a six pack and a gun raffle. Then get a grip and grin with LaPierre, just to secure their manhood. LaMalfa and McClintock? Little minds with little *#*+>s trying desperately to make up for being do nothings, by showing their ignorance for sensible gun laws. We get who we vote for-

  2. . . . who represent us in Nevada County. I will agree they represent their constituents in Nevada County but do not necessarily represent all of us.

  3. What a myopic, bored dude!
    “GeorgeB 947am – Given the surrounding evidence of the national campaign, the politicized invitation, and the alarming state of Hillary’s scandals, I respectfully disagree that suddenly on the 15th(?!) anniversary the newspaper just wanted to provide its “subscribers with a “good read”‘. Too many stars had to have aligned randomly to make that argument.

    “As icing on this presumptive cake, we’ll keep tabs on the number of ‘gun violence’ columns and letters that continue to appear in the newspaper. But I do agree with the ever popular trifecta of crime, mayhem, and personal tragedy for attracting readership. And when these can be aligned with promoting an ideology, what’s there not to like?

    Posted by: George Rebane | 10 January 2016 at 09:58 AM”

    I like the part “”As icing on this presumptive cake, we’ll keep tabs on the number of ‘gun violence’ columns and letters that continue to appear in the newspaper. ”

    OK. Thanks for keeping “tabs for us.” What a joke!

    1. Laura Wilcox was a student of mine. The day she died was the first and only ‘Lock-Down’ Nevada Union has ever experienced.

      To politicize a local tragedy and use it to ‘strong arm’ our newspaper is poor form.

      1. And George is the same man who hosts the “Tech Test” for our kiddos. He wonders why parents don’t want to sign up their kids for his test. Get a clue George! What a jerk.

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