Yesterday, in my anger and frustration, I wrote to South Carolina Senators Graham and Scott, as well as Congressman Mick Mulvaney.
So far, only Mulvaney has responded; here's what he said about Orlando:
"June 13, 2016
Dear Mr. Slatten,
Thank you for contacting me regarding gun control in light of the recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida. This is a very important issue and I am glad to hear your thoughts.
As a parent, I cannot even begin to imagine - and indeed, do not want to imagine - the loss the families in Orlando have suffered. My thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with the victims' friends and families of this tragedy.
Seeking to lay blame after an inexplicable tragedy is a natural and normal reaction, and such is obviously the case with the recent massacre of the innocents in Orlando, Florida. As we struggle to arrive at explanations for the inexplicable, and to lay blame, I hope we focus first and foremost on the individual responsible. To the extent the discussion moves toward broader societal issues, I hope we look at more than just gun control.
We must, as a nation, be willing to talk about mental health, the glamorization of violent video games and movies, the true cost of broken homes, and the general culture of death that permeates our society. Any attempt to single out our constitutional protections and liberties as a cause of this tragedy would be misplaced.
Again, thank you for taking the time to voice your opinion. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have further concerns.
Member of Congress"
Yes, as you can see he wants to "talk" about mental health issues ... he worries about violent video games and movies, broken homes.
He DOES NOT think we need do ANYTHING about gun control.
He wants to, what, legislate movies and video games, but not worry about loopholes where anyone can buy an arsenal.
But then a simple 1.3 second Google search reveals that Mick Mulvaney received an A+ rating from the NRA and is an NRA candidate.
No wonder he doesn't worry about gun control or dead Americans.
Take a minute, if you live here, or don't, and write, call or fax Mick Mulvaney and tell him that he works for THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA and NOT the NRA.
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