Why is Congress so dysfunctional? Because it’s full of too many party loyalists on both sides of the aisle who have lost concern for the common good and put party before country.
Can we look to our elected leaders to address the lives of innocent Americans taken violently in mass shootings by criminals who purchased weapons legally? We can certainly look to the ones who have claimed to offer real solutions, like Sen. Rand Paul, but whose words are empty rhetoric.
Which should we consider first, his vote against the assault weapons ban of 2013 following Sandy Hook? Or his campaign contributions from and family connections with gun rights organizations? Voters can check the record at votesmart.org. It’s time for new, independent leadership that takes responsibility and puts country before party, and not libertarian ideology before public safety.
I am in favor of doing everything that can be done to address these national tragedies without politicizing victims or demonizing colleagues on both sides of the aisle, by reaching out to accomplish more — with background checks, bans on assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition, enforcement and medical treatment for the mentally ill.
Kentuckians need a new senator.