McCain votes 'yes' on gun amendment, constituents react

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A group of mothers and their children gathered at U.S. Senator John McCain’s Phoenix office Wednesday afternoon to deliver a letter thanking him for his “yes” vote on the defeated background check bill.

“He’s one of the pivotal statesmen in our country that allowed the gun legislation to make it to the Senate floor,” said Kara Pelletier, the leader of the local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Common Sense Gun Laws.

Senator McCain is one of only four Republican Senators to vote in favor of the amendment that would have expanded background checks on gun sales. Arizona’s other Senator, Jeff Flake, voted against the amendment.  It needed 60 votes to pass the Senate, and fell short by just six votes.

Senator McCain said he did not think this was the end of the issue.

“Sooner or later the country will take up this issue,” McCain said.

Pelletier echoed Senator McCain’s sentiment, saying that her organization will continue to fight for stricter gun laws.

“We have a lot of work to do. We’re more energized than ever after today’s vote,” Pelletier said.

Not all of Senator McCain’s constituents agreed with his vote. Gun rights expert Alan Korwin, the author of The Arizona Gun Owner’s Guide, thought McCain was wrong.

“Any senator who voted for this bill which would criminalize innocent Americans voted the wrong way,” Korwin said.

Korwin said he believes the bill would not have been effective.

“If we really wanted to stop violent criminals we would have a bill that addresses criminals. This bill only addresses innocent Americans that haven’t done anything,” he said.