Democratic nominee for Congress tells Congress to "Stop Taking Bribes From The NRA" and Pat Meehan to "Do His Job Or Resign"

Wednesday - June 15, 2016 - Ardmore

Today as we mourn once again the terrible and tragic loss of life, this time in Orlando, Mary Ellen Balchunis called on Congressman Meehan to stand up and have the courage to lead on the issue of common sense gun legislation. Balchunis challenged Congressman Pat Meehan to co-sponsor the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 - H.R. 4269. Meehan voted against this legislation in 2015. This legislation would have saved lives. Instead, today, Meehan doubled down on his refusal to support the legislation.

If H.R. 4269 had passed, according to its sponsor, U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline, ". . . then Orlando gunman Omar Mateen would not have been able to buy the rifle he used in the attack. (Authorities say Mateen used a Sig Sauer MCX rifle.) Mateen would have been able to buy another type of gun, but the attack might not have been as lethal if he wasn't able to purchase a weapon "used on the battlefield to kill as many people as possible." Providence Journal - 6-14-16

​Balchunis said that the victims and their friends and families in Orlando and all the gun tragedies deserve our prayers, but they also​ deserve action. Meehan's failure to act to support the Assault Weapons Ban in the wake of this tragedy is simply unacceptable. His position defies common sense and displays a woeful lack of courage and leadership.

Furthermore, Balchunis challenged Meehan to affirmatively tell the people of the 7th District that he will support legislation that takes the following actions.

  • Prevent people being investigated by the FBI or on the No Fly List from buying firearms, known as "No-Fly, No Buy" legislation.
  • top the sale of military style assault weapons and high capacity magazine clips.
  • Close the gun show loophole by making background checks mandatory for all people looking to buy a gun./li>
  • Keep guns out of the hands of those convicted of hate crimes.

"Pat Meehan won't take action to make our streets safe, but I will. These assault weapons are made to hunt only one thing - people - and they should be taken off the streets. There is talk and there is action. The only action we are seeing is from the people who are killing innocents. Meanwhile, Pat Meehan and Congress sit on their hands. They are responsible for making laws - laws that keep us safe. They are failing to do that. Pat Meehan needs to do his job or resign."

According to the Washington Post, out of the 18 congressmen in Pennsylvania, Pat Meehan receives the fourth amount of money from the National Rifle Association.

Balchunis was a Million Mom Marcher in 2000 and has long been a advocate for sensible gun reform. "One of the best banners at that event said 'Tell Congress To Stop Taking Bribes From The NRA.' It is even more important today. Campaign contributions should never take precedence over the lives of individuals. These are common sense solutions to help prevent gun violence. I challenge Pat Meehan to take vital steps including calling for a discharge petition to get these bills out of committee and on the floor for a vote. And then pass this smart and common sense legislation to prevent violence."