September 21, 2014

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What our members of Congress are saying about assault weapons ban

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon: The National Rifle Association gave him an F grade and spent thousands of dollars on attack ads in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Brown in November. Brown said through a spokeswoman last week that he favors renewal of the assault weapons ban and improving mental health treatment in response to the Newtown, Conn., massacre. “As a father, I cannot fathom the grief that the Sandy Hook Community is facing,” he responded in an email sent by spokeswoman Allison Preiss. “But I do know none of us is powerless. It’s past time that we started a sensible dialogue about gun safety in our communities.”

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati: Portman received an A grade from the NRA and $9,900 in campaign contributions from the NRA in 2010 — tied for the most the group gave to any Senate candidate. Portman voted against the ban while a congressman. Portman favors increasing school security and mental health treatment in response to Newtown. “He is a supporter of Second Amendment rights and has yet to see data that points to new gun control laws as an effective way of making our communities safer,” Portman spokesman Caitlin Dunn wrote in an email Saturday.

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo: Kaptur voted for the assault weapons ban and supports renewing it as well as co-sponsored a bill banning high-capacity magazines. “Congresswoman Kaptur also supports more robust support for mental health (treatment),” Kaptur spokesman Steve Fought wrote in a Sunday email.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana: Jordan received $3,000 from the NRA in the latest election campaign and is against new gun laws to deter mass killings. “Criminals will always find ways to acquire weapons and use them to commit acts of violence,” Jordan spokesman Meghan Snyder wrote in a Friday email on behalf of Jordan. “Passing more restrictions on law-abiding citizens will not deter this type of crime.”

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville: Gibbs received $3,000 from the NRA in his last campaign. Gibbs spokesman Caroline Califf didn’t respond to an email request for comment.

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth: Renacci received $9,900 in his last campaign from the NRA, tied for first for the biggest contribution in Congress from the group. Renacci spokesman Shawn Ryan didn’t respond to an email request for comment.