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Who voted No on The Gun Control Bill

I am very disappointed right now. Upset that the Gun Control Bill was voted down yesterday. I am sad because I thought electing someone to represent me in Washington, however flawed that system can be and is, at least worked in situations like this.

Abraham Lincoln at the memorialWe all knew that Gun Control and background checks were what the “people” of the United States wanted.  It was obvious that we, the people, wanted this protection for our kids, our schools, our public places, our family and for ourselves.  Are you kidding me? After what we’ve all been through in Colorado, Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Oregon(added 10.2.15), how can Washington vote and not represent us? As a mom, I am bewildered.

Elected officials are suppose have our best interests in mind. In my opinion, when they voted,  they may have had us in mind but the NRA had their ears and their minds and their bank accounts. Each of those listed below voted to do what was in their best interest. It was not in mine.

When they are up for re-election, feel free not to vote for them. With my vote I will let my senator know that Gun Control and background checks mattered to me. If he didn’t listen to me now, he won’t listen to me in the future.

The definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

As Gabby Giffords says, “Shame on you“.  The Shameful 45 who voted no on the Gun Control Bill are listed below. Use your rights and your power to do what you can if you choose. In my opinion, my vote is my way of expressing my opinions.

If you would like to get involved with Gabby’s American’s for Responsible Solutions, get connected by texting the word, “solutions” to 90975.

If you are compelled to do so, vote another way next term. Some of the Shameful 45 have been re-elected time and time again. Insanity? You get to decide.

I highlighted the Senator from my State. Share this blog and highlight yours and pass it on to your friends.

1. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
2. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
3. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)
4. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)
5. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)
6. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
7. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
8. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
9. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
10. Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN)
11. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
12. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
13. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
14. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
15. Sen. Michael Crapo (R-ID)
16. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
17. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)
18. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)
19. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
20. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
21. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)
22. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
23. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
24. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)
25. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)
26. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
27. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
28. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)
29. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
30. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
31. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
32. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
33. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
34. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
35. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
36. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)
37. Sen. James Risch (R-ID)
38. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
39. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
40. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
41. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
42. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)
43. Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
44. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
45. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

Catherine Kolkoski



Today is the 4th of July. Independence Day. Our independence as a country from Great Britain.  So we celebrate. We eat a lot, some people drink too much. In most parts of the U.S. we light fireworks (sorry DE, MA, NJ,RI, NY ). I am older now and I am thinking about “my freedom.” What does that mean to me? What am I free from? What am I free to do? Not to do?

I’m a big believer that you don’t get something for nothing. If it seems too good to be true than it’s a scam and run the other way. If it is any good than it always costs you something. Take the price you are willing to pay for your freedom. The price you are willing to pay for it can be a lot like bidding on Ebay. You go in wanting it for a set amount. You get attached to it. You wait for the “time left” to inch down minute by minute. Then you enter your maximum bid. Instantly, you are outbid. You bid higher. You are outbid. You bid higher because you have to win. You have to have it. And before you know it- you’ve spent more than you were planning. Without a thought you gambled it all away because you were “in it to win it”. You had to have it and were swept away, even committed, to doing whatever it took to get it.

What would life be like if we were all committed to making our little part of the world we live in the best we could?  How much would you bid? How much would you sacrifice? How deep would you go? Would you get swept away because you had to have it and would give anything to get it? How much are you willing to pay for your freedom? What price did others before us pay for our opportunity to even consider this idea?

We need to treat our freedoms; our right to choose, to pray, to play, to work, to speak, to love, to even have an opinion, like something on EBay that we have to have.

In my opinion, we have a lot more freedom than we think we do. We just may not fully realize that we can’t have it for free.

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