Don't let the NRA get away with this: Remember: Ayotte voted against the bipartisan background check bill. Then she went home for recess to find her constituents outraged and her approval ratings plummeting.
The NRA is running dishonest ads to protect their allies in the Senate who blocked background checks. First up: New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte.
Ayotte voted against the bipartisan background check bill. Then she went home for recess to find her constituents outraged and her approval ratings plummeting.
Now, the NRA is running a new TV ad in hopes of protecting Ayotte from the backlash. What's amazing is that the ad claims Ayotte actually supports background checks and voted to protect them. In fact, the bill she voted for would have weakened the background check system. The ad makes an absurd leap of logic, even for the NRA. And we can't let them get away with it.
Senators across the country are being confronted by an undeniable fact: Americans overwhelmingly support background checks, and we aren't going to forget the senators who blocked the legislation that would have expanded background checks and saved lives.
That's why the NRA is going to rush to protect them, even if it means distorting the facts. The NRA's TV ad points to a bill that Senator Ayotte supported that was designed to sound good enough for a TV ad or op-ed. But, in reality, Ayotte voted for a gun lobby shadow bill that would have undermined public safety -- a vote against her constituents, against law enforcement, and against common sense.
We can't let the NRA get away with it. It's time to hold our elected officials accountable for their votes. Senator Ayotte voted against expanding life-saving background checks.
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