Published in The Chapel Hill News on May 01, 2013. Reprinted With Permission
I am writing to express my extreme displeasure with your votes on April 17 against gun background checks and gun trafficking.
There are no excuses for such stances which are clearly based upon political calculation. So rather than trying to persuade or shame you with moral or logical reasoning, I will appeal to your obvious desire for political self-preservation.
Despite outward appearances, North Carolina is a purple state. Continued growth and changing demographics will accelerate its change from a reliably red state to a swing state. In three years, your campaign for reelection will face a state electorate unfriendly to an official who is both unwilling to compromise and unresponsive to its will.
As part of that previously silent majority, I have no intention of waiting three years to begin working against your continued representation of my beloved state. Lest you be tempted to disregard negative feedback based upon my address in one of the state?s more left-leaning areas, please consider that friends and family, young and old, are scattered throughout our state. All of them are reliable voters, and all of them have an extensive network of friends and contacts of their own.
Additionally, I intend to contact newspapers throughout North Carolina asking them to include your vote against sensible gun regulations within or beside each story of gun violence in our state. Every report of murder, suicide, drive-by or accidental shooting, act of domestic violence, rape or assault committed with a gun should include a reminder of your recent votes on the issue. Sen. Hagan?s courageous votes should be included for contrast.
In addition to gun violence within our own state, guns from North Carolina flow up the I-95 corridor to major cities in the northeast. While states and cities with tighter regulations may not yet be able to stem the tide of guns from states with weaker laws, they should be able to hold lawmakers accountable. As such, I will be contacting news outlets suggesting that reports of crimes or tragedies occurring in the north with guns traced to North Carolina should also include the voting record of our senators.
I hope in the future you will work for the best interests of the entire population of North Carolina rather than for a narrow constituency. Your votes have real-world consequences that extend beyond your own reelection.