Letter to the editor: Saccone dishonest on guns
In the recent televised debate with Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb, Republican Rick Saccone indicated he'd sponsored five pieces of legislation to reduce gun violence. Given what I know about Saccone's record (pro-Saccone PACs have praised him for wanting to eliminate the background check system and for protecting gun rights for people on the terrorist watch list), this sounded fishy. So I contacted his office for the names of the bills and looked them up.
Not one of these five bills would reduce gun violence. One makes it unnecessary to obtain a permit for concealed carry; one protects gun owners from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation (don't want a gun nut renting the apartment upstairs from your children? Tough luck); one exempts firearms and ammunition from sales tax; and another expands the permissible use of deadly force for self-defense. Only the last one increases penalties for gun use in criminal activity, but does nothing to address school shootings or gun proliferation.
I believe Saccone deliberately misled the debate audience, revealing a disturbing level of dishonesty — not to mention a far deeper commitment to his NRA funders than to American schoolchildren. This is not a person we want representing Western Pennsylvania in Washington.