Good one today from Andy Borowitz, who writes a satirical blog for the New Yorker:
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In the halls of the United States Senate, dozens of Senators congratulated themselves today for having what one of them called “the courage and grit to stand up to the overwhelming wishes of the American people.”
Calling yesterday’s Senate action “a bipartisan effort,” Senator Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas) said, “This proves that on a matter that affects the safety of every man, woman, and child in the nation, we can reach across the aisle to defy the interests of all of them.”
On a more serious note, we've got an open letter to Pryor in this week's issue from an Arkansan who lives in Newtown, Conn., and whose wife teaches at Sandy Hook. It's on the jump.
An open letter to Sen. Mark Pryor
As an Arkansan who happens to live in Newtown, Conn., and whose parents and sisters and brothers-in -law and nieces and nephews all still live in Arkansas, I am extremely disappointed in your vote today in favor of filibuster on the background check bill. My wife is a teacher at Sandy Hook; she huddled against a wall with her students about 50 feet away from that mass murder, listening to the whimpers and pleas and cries of the victims.
She and I are committed to speaking out on behalf of those victims. We cannot stand for inaction on controlling illegal and inappropriate access to guns in this country. Many of my friends and relatives in Arkansas — along with about 90 percent of all Americans — are in favor of universal background checks and strong anti-trafficking laws, which are essential to reducing the horrible gun violence in this country. If you don't believe that those laws are needed, then you don't understand or don't care about the problem. This isn't just about Newtown; it's about the thousands of handgun murders in New Orleans and Memphis and Houston; it's about the deaths of young people like Jasmine Young and Derek Olivier. Suffice it to say that if you vote against the bill when it comes to a vote, we (my wife and I, all of my friends in Arkansas, and my friends at the Newtown Action Alliance and Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Brady Campaign and other anti-gun violence organizations) will have no choice but to do everything in our power to contribute to replacing you in office with someone who has the courage to do what is right in regard to gun violence. We believe you have it within you to do the right thing, and we hope you will do so.