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Tell four pro-NRA senators: Stop lying about your vote against background checks

Tell Sens. Ayotte, Heller, Portman, and Paul:
"We know you stand with the NRA and not the vast majority of American voters. You voted against the real background checks bill when it came up for a vote in the Senate. But you also voted for a sham bill you claim was for background checks in a cynical move to cover your tracks and mislead voters. Stop lying about your vote by claiming you supported background checks."

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Dear 5849376,

Stop lying about your vote on background checks.

It was outrageous when the Senate killed an up-or-down vote to require background checks — the most modest part of the president's gun reform agenda.

But now four Republican senators who voted against the Manchin-Toomey amendment that would have strengthened background checks — and who have seen their popularity crash in local polling as a result1 — are scrambling to convince their constituents they actually supported background checks.

This is not only an outright lie, but it's also a blatant and cynical attempt to mislead constituents about their senator's voting record.

Tell Republican Senators Ayotte, Heller, Portman, and Paul: Shame on you for lying about your vote on background checks. Click here to sign automatically.

Since that shameful vote prevented the bill requiring background checks from moving to the floor of the Senate, Senators Kelly Ayotte, Dean Heller, Rob Portman, and Rand Paul have seen their approval ratings drop dramatically, while those who unexpectedly voted in favor of background checks have seen a spike in approval ratings.2

Now these four senators who voted against background checks are touting their vote for a fake bill proposed by Senators Chuck Grassley and Ted Cruz.3,4,5,6 That sham legislation would have undermined the current background check system by eliminating longstanding prohibitions on gun possession by the seriously mentally ill while making it harder for the federal government to stop illegal gun trafficking.7

Calling their votes for the right-wing and pro-gun Grassley-Cruz amendment a vote in support of background checks is an outrageous attempt to rewrite history. We can't let them get away with this.

Tell Republican Senators Ayotte, Heller, Portman, and Paul: Shame on you for lying about your vote on background checks. Click here to sign automatically.

These lies may be beyond the pale, but they are not isolated. Tea Party Republicans did the same thing last year when they voted no on the Violence Against Women Act and for a sham alternative.8 We have to push back against these misinformation campaigns, and push back hard, by shaming these legislators and telling their constituents the truth about their right-wing records.

Tell these four senators to stop lying about their votes, and support real gun violence prevention reform instead of using fake legislation as a shield. Click the link below to automatically sign this petition:

This is offensive and hypocritical, even for Republicans in our nation's capital. Thank you for pushing back.

Jordan Krueger, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Learn more about this campaign

1. Tom Jensen, "More backlash against Senators on gun vote." Public Policy Polling, April 29, 2013.
2. Luke Johnson, "Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan Face Better 2014 Prospects Following Gun Vote. Huffington Post, May 2, 2013.
3. Sahil Kapur, "Busted: Portman Clouds Opposition To Background Checks In Letter To Constituent." Talking Points Memo, May 15, 2013.
4. Jon Ralston, "Dean Heller: Gun control advocate." Ralston Reports, May 22, 2013.
5. Senator Kelly Ayotte, "Ayotte: I Voted to Improve Background Check System." Amherst Patch, May 6, 2013.
6. Senator Rand Paul, "Reply from Senator Rand Paul." Newtown Action Alliance, May 21, 2013.
7. "The Grassley-Cruz Bill Undermines Public Safety." Mayors Against Illegal Guns, April 17, 2013.
8. Jennifer Bendery, "Violence Against Women Act Now Touted By Republicans Who Voted Against Bill." Huffington Post, March 8 [updated], 2013.

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