Is Jeff Flake a Wuss for Voting Against Expanded Background Checks?

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Republican Senator Jeff Flake helped defeat amendment that called for an expansion of the federal background-check system for gun sales.

Senator John McCain supported the amendment, as did two women who reportedly ended up being escorted out of the Senate -- Patricia Maisch, who grabbed a gun magazine from Jared Loughner as he tried to reload during his Tucson shooting rampage, and Lori Haas, whose daughter was shot during the Virginia Tech shooting.

See also:
-John McCain Bucks the NRA, Supports Expanding Background Checks for Gun Sales

"Shame on you!" Maisch yelled after the Senate voted down the amendment, which called for expanding the requirements for background check in what's really not that controversial of language (check it out under "SA 715").

"Senator Flake?" Maisch said, after a reporter asked for her opinion on his "no" vote. "I'm embarrassed. He's a flaky flake."

Flake's explanation of his vote was posted on his Facebook page, and it hardly sounded like an important reason to vote down the amendment.

"Manchin-Toomey (the amendment) would expand background checks far beyond commercial sales to include almost all private transfers - including between friends and neighbors - if the posting or display of the ad for a firearm was made public," he wrote. "It would likely even extend to message boards, like the one in an office kitchen. This simply goes too far."

Um, OK. Flake claims that he supports background checks, although his vote says otherwise.

Do you think Flake is a wuss for his vote?

Cast your vote below:




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41 comments
OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

CRAZY PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE, NOT GUNS SO NO I DONT SUPPORT ALL THESE ATTEMPTS BY THE LIBS TO TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS LITTLE BY LITTLE.  ITS TIME TO STAND UP RIGHT NOW FOR YOUR RIGHTS ARIZONA!!  STAND UP TO THESE COMMUNIST WHO WOULD RATHER SEE YOU IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP RUN BY THE GOVERNMENT.  LOOK UP FEMA CAMPS AND SEE WHAT COMES UP.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Jeff Flake represented his constituency in his vote.

It's funny how those that are for punishing the law abiding citizens ignore the fact that the Democrats couldn't muster cooperation from their own on this issue.  The Dems in the Senate had the Republican votes necessary to make this happen if each of the Dems held to their party line on this...They failed, thankfully.

marcy
marcy

How did all those gun laws keep that MIT cop safe from the Boston terrorists?

Maybe if they just made the laws tougher they wouldn't have shot the cop, right?

All those cops swarming Boston looked liked they were carrying assault rifles with 30 round magazines, I guess they believe they are an effective weapon to use against bad guys.  Anyone think it would be a good idea to outlaw cops from having 30 round magazines?  We could call it the Barney Fife Amendment, limit cops to one bullet in their shirt pocket.

Think how much safer we would be!


jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Expanded Background Checks=Assault Weapons Ban=SB1070. All political pandering nonsolutions.

Barbie MacBride
Barbie MacBride

Flake is correct and John McLame is an ass for voting FOR them !

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

Wuss? Cowardly little douchebag is more like it. Then again, what do you expect from a senator named FLAKE?????

From here on out, I'll be referring to him as "Coward Jeff Flake" instead of "Senator Jeff Flake." And I hope to whatever is holy that he is only a ONE-TERM COWARD.

13zo
13zo

Senator Flake was a do nothing Congressman, and now is a do nothing Senator and lapdog for an asshole from Kentucky. expect nothing from a corporation brought and sold Senator Flake!

13zo
13zo

Senator Flake was a do nothing Congressman, and now is a do nothing Senator and lapdog for an asshole from Kentucky. expect nothing from a corporation brought and sold Senator Flake!

marcy
marcy

The amendment called for more than just expanding background checks and it was just a feel good exercise that would have created more crimes than it prevented.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Of course he is a wuss and a couple other things.

sarum
sarum

Maybe those ricin letters & explosive packages resurfacing caused him to "evolve" - a dismantled understaffed underpaid USPS is not going to be able to continue to catch all those - likewise a disarmed citizenry cannot have anybody's back either.  Only the "fails" are publicized.  The many "saves" are ignored.  Therefore your reality has been created for you.  

While you were watching "reality" TV:

Obama Quietly Passed Law Making Insider Trading Easier for US Politicians
The whole concept of avoiding ‘conflicts of interest’ is a virtue now consigned to history in the United States.
http://21stcenturywire.com/2013/04/17/obama-quietly-passed-law-making-insider-trading-easier-for-us-politicians/

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I grew up hearing the old saw that Democrats always salvage the economy with a war . . . . just wondering how close to home this one will be.  



Mission Man
Mission Man

I wrote to him and let him know that I think he's a coward. I wish others would do the same.

Walt Creed
Walt Creed

I'm not Maggie and I hope you are correct about most Americans not buying it as well...we need to have long memories and never forget where Flake's loyalties were on this issue come election time.

karenpalensl
karenpalensl

Flake is bought and paid for as usual.


What can we expect from a former "Tobacco Institute" hack though?

Maggie Shaw
Maggie Shaw

I am so sick of arms manufacturers running our country through a bought and paid for Congress! Most INTELLIGENT Americans are not falling for the 2nd Amendment bullshit scare propaganda put out my NRA and other vested interest groups are putting out there!!!

Walt Creed
Walt Creed

HE is a wuss for so many other things as well... and wuss is kind of a kind term for the reprehensible POS...

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Did it say how much he got paid to be such an ass?

car_del99
car_del99

To any GOP politician the " majority " becomes  any individual who contributes a lot of money to his coffers and it doesn't matter if it's only one person..

car_del99
car_del99

To any GOP politician the " majority " becomes  any individual who contributes a lot of money to his coffers and it doesn't matter if it's only one person..

j.peterson31
j.peterson31

gee, thats why i hate wetbacks. they have no business here.

j.peterson31
j.peterson31

gee, thats why i hate wetbacks. they have no business here.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@marcy You know it was actually NINE different bills, right?  ALL had a majority of the votes.  Just not the GOP understanding of a majority!

sliperymike
sliperymike

@sarum what flavor KOOLAID are you drinking?!?!?

le'ts see you pick tomatoes or strawberries for what they pay,or for that matter do a farmers job

Douche.

cugagcmu80
cugagcmu80

@sarum I'm a retired high school teacher who spent 33 years teaching U.S. history, civics, geography, economics, and other subjects.  No U.S. president has the authority to pass a law because the Constitution prohibits it.  Laws are passed by Congress. Presidents sign bills into law or veto them.  The Supreme Court has the power of judicial review, which means it has the power to review laws and declare them either constitutional or unconstitutional.

marcy
marcy

@Mission Man 

I wrote to him prior to the vote and encouraged him to vote it down.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Mission Man  I would bet that a lot more have written to him lately asking him to vote against this bill, and will be writing to thank him for doing so.

It's really not just the NRA who thought this was a really bad idea.


azweasel
azweasel

Assholes like yourself have no business either. Go back to alabama you racist idiot.

marcy
marcy

@WhoKnows @marcy 

Both sides agreed it would require a 60% majority and the gun haters didn't have the votes.  

sarum
sarum

@sliperymike Get with the times!  Go out.  Look around.  Get a new argument.  That tired old shit ain't even worth responding to.  

sarum
sarum

@cugagcmu80 @sarumThank you for the good point regarding how the article was titled.  However, following the links does not discredit the entire premise the way I read them . . . 


shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@azweasel Don't you see azweasel? Arizona IS the new Alabama. Just look at the type of racist, intolerant,and ignorant people they elect in election after election.

marcy
marcy

@WhoKnows @marcy 

You don't like playing by the rules?  Then get the votes to change it.

Stop whining that you lost.  There is no shortage of illegal guns in the hands of criminals right now, how about dealing with that situation, which is already covered by existing laws, before ranting and raving about how we need new laws.  

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@marcy @WhoKnows No Marcy.  It was because the GOP called a filibuster.


As they have done more times in the last 4 years than the rest of the history of this country!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows  So, let's examine this:  You post a childish personal attack suggesting that my writing is immature.  Are you going for irony?

sarum
sarum

@shadeaux14 @azweasel Convenient BS.  Whatever makes U think our elections process functions as originally intended?  Or how you were taught?  

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