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Roy Blunt's Gun Lobby Support: Does "Receipt" Explain No Vote on Background Checks?

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The Roy Blunt "receipt."
Last month, we reported that U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, voted against a federal background checks proposal -- with a statement saying, "We must do everything we can to prevent tragedies like those that took place in Newtown, Aurora or Tucson."

Now, a national advocacy group pushing for stricter gun laws has a simple numerical explanation for his role in the gun-control bill's defeat.

It's the "gun-lobby receipt." As Mayors Against Illegal Guns puts it, "How much did it cost to buy his vote?"

See also:
- Blunt, No on Gun Control: "We Must Do Everything We Can to Prevent Tragedies"
- Senator Blunt Promotes Mental Health Plan, Irritated By Gun Control Questions
- Adolphus Busch IV Quits NRA; Slams Gun Rights Group for "Distorted Values"

The national coalition, which includes St. Louis mayor Francis Slay, recently published this so-called receipt, slamming Blunt for voting against a bipartisan bill that would have expanded federal background checks by mandating them for all transactions at gun shows and online.

Blunt had offered a watered-down alternative that would have strengthened existing background-check laws.

Here's the coalition's graphic, explaining contributions and independent expenditures Blunt has received from the gun lobby, totaling, by the group's count, more than $1,608,500.

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A representative from Mayors Against Illegal Guns tells Daily RFT that all the numbers come from OpenSecrets.org and offers us this additional breakdown below. She says that there may very well be additional contributions and that this constitutes a "conservative estimate."

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Courtesy of MAIG.
Blunt's gun lobby contributions over the years.

Blunt's office did not respond to requests for comment from Daily RFT.

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Sam Levin
Roy Blunt in St. Louis.

In the meantime, here is a press release his office sent out after his no vote on the background check bill last month:

Senator Blunt Stands Up For Americans' Second Amendment Rights

Blunt Co-Sponsors Republican Alternative To Prevent Tragedies Like Newtown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today co-sponsored the Republican alternative to the gun bill that was introduced by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa). The provision would have reauthorized and improved the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), increased resources for prosecutions of gun crime, addressed mental illness in the criminal justice system, and strengthened criminal law by including straw purchasing and illegal firearm trafficking statutes.

"We must do everything we can to prevent tragedies like those that took place in Newtown, Aurora, or Tucson, without restricting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens," said Blunt. "I'm disappointed this provision, which offered real solutions to keep Americans safe from senseless acts of violence, was ultimately blocked."

Blunt voted against an amendment introduced by U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Joe Manchin (WV).

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ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

This guy... I tell you, what a mook. He'll jump in anybody's pocket if the price is right! GOP mercenary by design. Anyone who voted for this guy needs to open a history book, a science book, and.... oh, just go get your head examined! Stat!

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

The problem is not his vote or the money. The problem was a gun control bill that everyone acknowledges would not have stopped either tragic event. Passing feel good legislation might make a few feel good today, but causes much harm in the long run.

Will we get a full accounting of how Mayor Against Illegal Guns is funded by Bloomberg to buy his votes and backing? No, please do not mention that in the article. Or was the RFT paid for this article by them?

garry.lafferty
garry.lafferty

Senator Blunt in Missouri  should voted out.  Senator  Claire Mcaskill has more guts ..That was no easy vote for her gun back ground checks. Missouri voted for Romney any one can go with the flow if the money is right. Even Missouri wants back ground checks.

nicknjimmy
nicknjimmy

Funny RFT seems to run very swayed adds. I used to catch up, and read the RFT all the time. They always had cool, and interesting stories. Now they are posting nothing but highly political pieces that are more opinions or paid for pieces then anything else. It's old just like any other supposed paper anymore. Things are more opinions then anything else. Why don't they post on stuff like how Missouri averages 15 sex offenders per one mile radius? How about how we have soup kitchens closing, and the ones that are still open are hurting for volunteers, and donations?

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

It's also worth noting that we ALREADY HAVE background checks, and it is ALREADY against the law to transfer a firearm to anyone prohibited from owning it. The proposed legislation Blunt opposed (with the support of his constituents) expanded the bureaucracy by requiring background checks from private selers (i.e. your neighbor wants to buy your deer rifle). To make an analogy, the proposed law would be akin to requiring you to check IDs every time you offered someone a drink at your house, and then call the license bureau to be sure the ID was authentic. While I'm sure we'd all like to reduce underage drinking, do any of us REALLY want to have to ask the government's permission to have a few beers with your buddies in the back yard?

12judges
12judges

I'd like to see a receipt too...a receipt of the latest political contributions and financial influence of Bloomberg's MAIG.  Hey Sam, does the RFT's running MAIG's ads like this count as an in-kind contribution to their efforts or is it the other way around?

Funny how one man from New York with a lot of money, a mouthpiece and an elected office thinks he can swing the tide in favor of his pet issue against 5 million NRA members and millions of other non-members that tell him to FOAD.  Gun owners are not going to let MAIG or Bloomberg bully us or get the upper hand.  Get ready for more losses MAIG, we're watching where you spend your money too.

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

Why is it when a Republican receives support from organizations he agrees with, they're buying his vote, but when a Democrat receives support from people he agrees with, it's Democracy in action?

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@garry.lafferty , Ms McCaskill has always voted with her party in any close vote, and only moderates her vote when it does not matter. That is not guts; that is playing voters for fools.

Everyone wants effective background checks that do not infringe on our rights. The bill as presented and voted upon was not that. The bill was completely ineffective in addressing the recent tragic events. Before you can solve the gun issue in the hands of felons, mentally deficient, or domestic violent, you need an effective means to identify those individuals, and leave the rest of the free citizens alone.

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