Pastors take Fleishmann to task for voting against "Protect Our Kids" Act
A group of Chattanooga-area pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition is speaking out today after Congressman Chuck Fleishmann voted against the "Protect Our Kids Act" last night in the U.S. House of Representatives. Despite Fleishmann's opposition, the measure passed with bipartisan support.
The pastors released a statement outlining some of the key provisions of the bill and expressing disappointment in Fleishmann's vote.
"I'm devastated by the decision of Rep. Chuck Chuck Fleischmann, my own representative, to prioritize the will of the gun lobby over the safety of our children in schools by voting against the bipartisan "Protect Our Kids Act" yesterday in the US House," said Rev. Laura Becker, Pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga. "This act, if passed in the Senate, would put in place common sense measures such as raising the age for buying semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21, and banning the sale of ammunition magazines with more than 15 rounds for citizens."
Another pastor noted that recent events in Chattanooga warrant legislative measures to curb gun violence.
"As a constituent of Representative Chuck Fleischmann, I am horrified at his vote against the 'Protect Our Kids Act' along with his statement full of empty excuses as to why he couldn't support policy that the majority of Americans support, and are even demanding right now," said Rev. Brandon Gilvin, Pastor of First Christian Church in Chattanooga. "Especially with the influx of gun violence here in Chattanooga, he should be looking for common sense solutions that will help keep our children and communities safe. The gun violence in Buffalo, Uvalde, and here in Chattanooga, were all committed by young people who shouldn't even have access to firearms. And instead of trying to keep firearms from the hands of those wanting to murder innocent people, his focus is on ensuring that 18-20 year olds are able to purchase and own semi-automatic rifles."