Tim Sheridan, the California Democratic Party’s nominee in California’s 42nd Congressional District, criticized Representative Ken Calvert this morning for his vote yesterday against an amendment sponsored by Representative Nita Lowery (D-NY) that would have prevented potential terrorists from purchasing firearms.
“If one is on the no-fly list,” Sheridan said, “he/she should not be able to purchase firearms – it is simple common sense. No-Fly – No Buy!”
Mr. Calvert voted against the amendment yesterday in the House Appropriations Committee during consideration of a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The amendment would have prohibited persons on the no-fly list from purchasing firearms.
“It is ironic that Mr. Calvert would vote against an amendment offered to protect Americans in the Department of Homeland Security’s appropriations bill – the federal agency whose mission is to protect Americans from terror and terrorists,” Sheridan added. “It goes to show that Mr. Calvert is more concerned about protecting special interests than protecting Americans.”
Mr. Calvert, a career politician who has been in Congress for 23-1/2 years, has received so much campaign money from the National Rifle Association (NRA) that he ranks #12 on the NRA’s all-time contribution list.
Sheridan also said that it is worrisome that Mr. Calvert allows large donations from special interests to affect his judgment when it comes to the safety of the American people.
“When I take office in January,” Sheridan concluded, “I pledge that I will support common sense gun safety measures like ensuring that potential terrorists cannot buy firearms.”
California’s 42nd Congressional District, a geographical area shaped like the letter “X.” runs along the I-15 corridor from Eastvale, southeast to Temecula, and northeast along the I-215 and CA-79 corridors to Beaumont. It also includes the communities of Corona, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta, Menifee, Sun City, Winchester, Homeland and Nuevo. Mr. Sheridan lives in Lake Elsinore.