Senators who voted for and against gun safety: here’s when they’re up for re-election

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Despite the real anger, disgust, really, with those 45 Senators who voted against gun safety legislation on Wednesday (contact info for them is here), the real fallout could come at re-election time, as both the president and Gabby Giffords have said. So here’s a handy-dandy guide to the U.S. Senators who made a difference, for better or worse, on gun safety / reform, and when they’re up for re-election. Note, OFA and Mike Bloomberg I’m certain already have this list…

First, the good guys:

Here are the four Republicans who crossed the aisle to support background checks and anti-trafficking legislation, and their re-election schedules:

McCain (R-AZ) – 2016
Kirk (R-IL) – 2016
Toomey (R-PA) – 2016
Collins (R-ME) – 2014

Here are the Democrats who probably took the biggest electoral risk by voting for background checks, because they will probably be heavily targeted by the NRA:

Mary Landrieu (D-LA) – 2014
Mark Warner (D-VA) – 2014
Mark Udall (D-CO) – 2014
Chris Coons (D-DE) – 2014
Jean Shaheen (D-NH) – 2014
Kay Hagan (D-NC) – 2014
Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) – 2014
Tim Johnson (D-SD) – 2014
Joe Manchin (D-WV) – (less risky because he’s not up until 2018)
(Tom Udall is also up in New Mexico in 2014 but he won handily in 2008)

Here are some Democrats who voted for background checks whose seats are up or open in the next cycle, so there’s an open primary:

Carl Levin (D-MI) – Retiring in 2014
Al Franken (D-MN) – Up for re-election in 2014
Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) – Retiring in 2014
Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) – Retiring in 2014

And here are the 45 NRA Senators who voted against background checks, and for easing the path to getting guns for domestic violence offenders, rapists, terrorists, the criminally insane, and of course, mass murderers, along with their re-election schedules:

Alabama: Sessions – 2014 ; Shelby – 2016
Alaska: Begich (D) – 2014 ; Murkowski – 2016
Arizona: Flake – 2018
Arkansas: Boozman – 2016 ; Pryor (D) – 2014
Florida: Rubio – 2016
Georgia: Chambliss – Retiring 2014 ; Isakson – 2016
Idaho: Crapo – 2016 ; Risch – 2014
Indiana: Coats – 2016
Iowa: Grassley – 2016
Kansas: Moran – 2016 ; Roberts – 2014
Kentucky: McConnell – 2014 ; Paul – 2016 (probably running for president)
Louisiana: Vitter – 2016
Mississippi: Cochran – 2014 ; Wicker – 2018
Missouri: Blunt – 2016
Montana: Baucus – 2014
Nebraska: Fischer – 2018 ; Johanns – 2014
Nevada: Heller 2018 ; Reid (procedural vote against bills to be able to reintroduce. Up in 2016)
New Hampshire: Ayotte – 2016
North Carolina: Burr – 2016
North Dakota: Heitkamp – 2018 ; Hoeven – 2016
Ohio: Portman – 2016
Oklahoma: Coburn – 2016 ; Inhofe – 2014
South Carolina: Graham – 2016 ; Scott – special election for final years of Jim DeMint’s term in 2014
South Dakota: Thune – 2016
Tennessee: Alexander – 2014 ; Corker – 2018
Texas: Cornyn – 2014 ; Cruz – 2016
Utah: Hatch – 2018 ; Lee – 2016
Wisconsin: Johnson – 2016
Wyoming: Barrasso – 2018 ; Enzi – 2014

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18 Responses to Senators who voted for and against gun safety: here’s when they’re up for re-election

  1. Terry Chero says:

    This is a call to arms…to take our country back…I AM THE 99%…YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED..A Sea Change Is Coming!!

  2. Edwin Arroyo says:

    This is a call to arms…to take our country back…I AM THE 99%…YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED..A Sea Change Is Coming!!

  3. Jack DeTate says:

    Thanks. You are a fountain of useful information. One could draw up a battle strategy using this as a starting point.

  4. Ruth O'Brien says:

    Thank.. you so much…I hope every one of these people who voted for putting mega-weapons in the hands of maniacs by voting against the sane and sensible gun law are defeated.

  5. Mary Maynard says:

    Every one of the Senators who voted down the gun=safety laws is a coward. They know full well that no one is taking anyone’s gun away, but they are too frightenend by the thought of a loss of a cushy, profitable job that they cannot do what is right or lead.

    They are chicken-hearted.

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  7. Sandy Campbell says:

    This is a very sad time for America. This is supposed to be a country of the people, by the people and for the people. When did it become a country of the NRA, by the NRA and for the NRA? The NRA is a minority group. Why are these gutless, heartless, soulless people deciding what laws our Senators and Congress people are making? We need to make sure every single person who voted against this legislation and any future legislation are removed from office, either in the upcoming vote or by recall votes. This is sickening. A huge SHAME ON YOU goes out to each of these Senators and especially to Rand Paul for the insult to each of the family members of Sandy Hook victims.

  8. James & Jean Hermsen says:

    Again we applaud the Senators who stood for their convictions and the rights of legal gun owners. Those of you who feel more gun laws would stop crazy people need to do some research. Most of the firearms used in recent shootings have been obtained legally. Those that were not were stolen. More gun laws would not have prevented these events. We all need to take responsibility to help those people who are in need of help.

  9. Madelyn Bryson says:

    Shame. Not only cowards but gleeful that they stopped the bill. Like celebrating the murder of Americans.

    Who are these people who would sell their souls for money?

  10. Rupert says:

    The Hermsons: “Most of the firearms used in recent shootings have been obtained legally. ” Which is exactly why the laws need to be changed. So that obtaining those weapons is not so easy.

  11. James & Jean Hermsen says:

    During prohibition, alcohol was illegal. Yet criminals had alcohol readily available. Selling cigarettes to minors is illegal, yet I’ll bet you know minors who smoke. Illinois has one of the strictist gun laws in the nation. Yet their crime rate is one of the highest. Criminals will be able to get firearms no matter how hard you make it. It hurts the people who legally acquire them, not the criminal. And, if you notice, on our previous comment, the name is Hermsen, not Hermson.

  12. Rupert says:

    I suspect it’s not Hermsen, either. Probably LaPierre.
    Let’s legalize speeding because not everyone obeys the speed limit. Let’s legalize murder because some murederers aren’t caught. Love your logic.

  13. James & Jean Hermsen says:

    Sorry Rupart, but it is Hermsen. Love your logic too. Drunk drivers kill people every year, so do yo want to ban alcohol? What about cars? An exacto knife was used to injure many college students, do you want to ban exacto knives? Bombs are illegal, but were used in Boston. We can’t make them illegal because they already are. So…
    do you want to make bomb components illegal? Shall we ban pressure cookers, nails and ball bearings? We need to make PEOPLE responsible for what they do. Not the method with which they do it.

    • James & Jean Hermsen says:

      Rupert, just another thought on your speeding and murder analogies – we don’t advocate legalizing illegal acts or actions, which is really quite ridiculous. What we advocate is enforcing and prosecuting under the laws that exist on the books. Owning firearms is not illegal – so we are not trying to make it legal. However, taking away gun rights because of some fanatic/crazy people is not going to solve anything. Bootleggers had alcohol (illegal), drug dealers have drugs (illegal), and criminals/fanatics/crazy people will always find a way to get a firearm or other weapon of destruction. Taking rights away from LEGAL gun owners will not stop the criminal population.

  14. Rupert says:

    Background checks don’t take anything away from legal gun owners. Certain people should not be legal gun owners, and certain weapon sales should be illegal. Prohibition doesn’t work, but then nobody is seriously trying to have prohibition of guns. You’ve got all of LaPierre’s talking points, and we disagree.

  15. James & Jean Hermsen says:

    You are correct! Background checks are important, and all of the firearms we have we legally obtained after a background check. But background checks do not “catch” all of the people who should not own a gun. And each time a “freedom” is taken away, another one is gone after. Now it is a background check, then no assault or semi-automatic firearms, what do you want to take next? And these are not LaPierre’s talking points. Talk to someone who was in Nazi Germany. He registered guns under the guise of stopping crime and then took them all. In foreign countries with dictatorships, citizens are not allowed to have firearms; yet in the past several years there has been civil unrest and rebels are in possession of firearms. Our point is – no matter what you do to stop, prohibit, limit, whatever guns – those crazy, fanatic, criminal types will always be able to get them. The LAWS do not stop them, because they have no regard for the law. More laws only limit/affect those of us who do legally, respectfully, and responsibly own firearms. And Rupert, we would like to thank you for your civility in the last blog. It is nice to “discuss” and not have the ridicule or disrespect. We are all entitled to our opinions, you and us alike. We may just have to agree to disagree.

  16. G Poole says:

    Just wondering why the article does not refer to Democrats who voted against the bill as NRA Senators???

  17. Flo says:

    It does GPoole. They are right there on the list.

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