Republican senator tells shooting victim’s mom he’s for background checks, then votes against them


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Shortly before the a crucial Senate vote to expand background checks in gun transactions, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) sent a letter to the mother of a shooting victim claiming that he was “truly sorry” for her son’s death and that “strengthening background checks is something we agree on.” A few days later, he voted to kill the background checks bill..

Caren Teves’ son Alex died during the Aurora theater mass shooting while shielding his girlfriend from the gun man’s bullets. She wrote a letter to Sen. Flake, in which she “invited him to our home to sit in our son’s chair, his empty chair” and “feel the emptiness and have dinner with us and discuss” guns. In response, Flake sent Teves a hand-written letter claiming that he supported one of the most important steps Congress could take to improve gun safety — expanding background checks.




  1. http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/10/politics/background-checks-mass-shootings

    Last July, James Holmes walked into a crowded theater in Aurora, Colorado, and began shooting. His AR-15, two 9 mm Glocks, .40 caliber pistol and 12-guage shotgun were all purchased legally, after his name was submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Twelve people were killed.

  2. expdoc, What do you think is answer on this issue? I’m not so sure we can legislate a cure for every ill in our society and I’m not sure I want to live a society that thinks it can? At some point, sh*t happens. I know people want some sort of change implemented to halt these type incidents, but I don’t think we can all the time. The only real cure for stopping these mass shooting type events is to ensure people have no access to firearms at all, as well as any type of mass casualty making type weapon and then sill people will find a way to do wacky things like making bombs out of pressure cookers. I’m as tired of this sh*t as the next person, but until we can read minds, its going to happen and people are going to fall through the cracks. Are we beating a dead horse here?

  3. I think the solutions are largely things that nobody would like or would be entirely unconstitutional.

    If I wanted to spend dollars wisely I would focus more on the mental health and education side of the equation and not worry about gun control.

    There are already way too many guns available in this country and short of confiscating guns we are going to have a hard time limiting access to weapons. As you note, even that wouldn’t really work, just look at what happened in Boston.

    What is happening now is merely politicians trying to take advantage of a crisis.

  4. I agree, especially with the mental illness part. We used to house the mentally ill, but Reagan thought mainstreaming them and cutting the cost of the institutions was the answer, now many are housed in our prisons and jails and left for the police to have to deal with. We expect our police to be psychiatric nurses now and when they fail, and shoot the perpetrator when they are having a psychotic break, then they get sued and we the tax payers pay for the settlement. Happens all the time.

  5. Another honest and caring Mormon.

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