Gun safety advocates take aim at TN Senators in newspaper ad - WKRN News 2

Gun safety advocates take aim at TN Senators in newspaper ad

Posted: Updated: May 10, 2013 05:05 PM

Some local gun safety advocates are taking aim at Tennessee's two U.S. Senators with a full-page ad in the Mother's Day edition of Nashville's Sunday newspaper.

Democratic party consultant Linda McFadyen-Ketchum of Nashville is one of 200 people who she said collectively paid $7,500 for the Tennessean ad scheduled to run in the newspaper's "editorial front section."

McFadyen-Ketchum, who is also behind an online petition to stop the National Rifle Association convention from coming to Nashville in 2015, told Nashville's News 2 that "more than breakfast in bed, moms want their kids to live, that's what we are about, keeping kids from getting shot."

The Tennessean ad reads: "Senators Alexander and Corker: Change Your Vote, Act Now to End Gun Violence."

Both senators voted to allow debate on a recent Washington bill, but eventually voted against the measure.

"The amendment, which would expand background checks, is not dead," claims McFadyen-Ketchum. "And it probably will come up again."

Nearly 190 people signed the Tennessean ad.

Among the names are Dr. Corey Slovis of Vanderbilt's Emergency Medicine, songwriter Beth Chapman and Metro Schools board member Amy Frogge.

While Sunday's Tennessean ad represents one side of the gun issue, the other side is also making some news

John Harris heads the Tennessee Firearms Association, which recently, as a promotion, gave away the gun, a Bushmaster AR-15, that was found among the weapons used by the Newtown, Connecticut school shooter.

He said it was done to highlight "TBI AND FBI statistics that in the big picture of firearms injuries and death show those kind of weapons are almost non-existent, just not used that frequently."

Harris told Nashville's News 2 that "12,000 people signed up for the gun giveaway."

His group is also starting a new promotion that will giveaway clips used by an AR-15.

As for the ad urging the senators to change their votes on expanding background checks, Harris said he's had concerns about the lawmakers being firm 2nd Amendment advocate, especially since they both voted to debate the gun bill before voting against it.

"Their vote to proceed with the debates even though they said they were going to vote against it, to me, sends a mixed signal that they are not really strong 2nd Amendment advocates," added Harris

Lamar Alexander's office said in a statement to Nashville's News 2 that the senator is  "always ready to defend and debate the Second Amendment Constitutional rights of Tennesseans."

As for Senator Corker, his office said that he "agrees that we should prevent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns and would be open to supporting a well-crafted background check that would actually work and doesn't infringe on Second Amendment rights."

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