Two of these sixteen were my senators from Tennessee: Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. Instead of standing with Paul, Cruz, Rubio and Lee, they stood with Diane Feinstein, Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer. Oh they had their reasons for voting this way. You see, their vote was actually pro-second Amendment!
Alexander's office released a statement today after the vote. Laughably, the statement lead with the statement "Alexander: “Always Ready to Defend” Tennesseans’ Second Amendment Rights in U.S. Senate."
“I’m always ready to defend and debate the Second Amendment constitutional rights of Tennesseans. In fact, I look forward to sponsoring and voting for amendments that strengthen those rights. To be unwilling to defend and debate Second Amendment rights on the Senate floor would be like joining the Grand Ole
Opry and being unwilling to sing.”
Not to be outdone, Senator Corker released a one sentence statement on the vote:
“I don’t understand why any senator wouldn’t want to debate these issues, but in the end, I will not support any legislation that violates our Second Amendment rights.”
Alexander is up for re-election next year. This will not be forgotten.