NRA Endorses Scott DesJarlais in Race for Tennessee’s Fourth District
Jasper, TN – The National Rifle Association (NRA) has endorsed Congressman DesJarlais in the Republican primary for Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District.
According the NRA, Congressman DesJarlais has earned an “A” rating from the organization for his “consistent and proven voting record” of supporting Second Amendment rights and in opposition to President Obama’s gun control agenda.
“I am honored to have received this endorsement by the NRA, an organization supported by gun owners all across Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District,” said Congressman DesJarlais. “When I ran for Congress, I promised I would never compromise when it came to protecting our right to keep and bear arms. I am proud to have held the line time and time again against the Obama administration’s unconstitutional attempts to curtail our Second Amendment rights.”
Rep. DesJarlais Questions Whether Jim Tracy Supports Senator Bob Corker’s Gas Tax Increase State Senator Tracy Introduced Similar Legislation Raising the Gas Tax in the Tennessee General Assembly
Jasper, TN – Congressman Scott DesJarlais today questioned whether state Senator Jim Tracy would support Senator Corker’s (R-TN) plan to raise the gas tax by tying it to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). In the Tennessee General Assembly, state Senator Jim Tracy introduced similar legislation that would increase Tennessee’s gasoline tax by also basing it on the CPI.
“If state Senator Tracy wants to represent Tennesseans in Congress, voters deserve to know how he would vote on the recent Senate proposal to raise gas taxes – especially one that mirrors legislation he championed in the General Assembly,” said Congressman DesJarlais. “ It stands to reason that if Jim Tracy introduced legislation raising gas taxes in Tennessee, he would do the same if elected to Congress.”
Congressman DesJarlais previously came out in strong opposition to the Corker/Murphy plan to raise the gas tax.
South Pittsburg, TN – Today Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) officially filed for reelection with the Tennessee State Division of Elections.
“I am once again asking for the honor of representing the people of Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District in Congress,” said Congressman DesJarlais. “In Washington, I have been proud to help lead the charge in cutting spending, reining in government and repealing ObamaCare. While my independent, conservative voting record may not curry favor with the Washington political establishment, I believe my constituents appreciate my unwillingness to compromise on constitutional principles.”
Congressman DesJarlais was recently ranked as the fourth most conservative member of the United States House of Representatives and the most conservative in Tennessee by National Journal Magazine and was listed by Congressional Quarterly as one of the top five Members of Congress who has consistently voted against President Barack Obama’s agenda. He has received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a 100% score by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the oldest and the largest national pro-life organization in the United States.
For the past two weeks, I’ve traveled throughout Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District meeting with constituents and discussing issues important to our community. These district work periods provide an excellent opportunity to talk with and learn from the people who are at the forefront of creating jobs, teaching our children and caring for our seniors.
Needless to say, my staff and I spend quite a bit of time in the car going from county to county, which leads us to frequently visit the gas station. It is hard to get over just how much it costs to fill up the gas tank these days. In fact, it was recently brought to my attention that right now we pay an average of $3.40 per gallon here in Tennessee. Unfortunately, the price is only expected to rise as we head into the summer months.
One of the things that I hear constantly from folks is their dismay with the price at the pump. From small and medium sized businesses to individual households, everyone is feeling the pain of high energy prices.
And there is good reason to be frustrated. Gasoline prices have skyrocketed in the past decade. I remember when I could fill up my truck for nearly $20. Now that will barely get a quarter tank.
If we are really serious about bringing gas prices under control, we must increase oil production here in the United States.
One common sense proposal that I have been fighting for in Congress is the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. This venture would bring oil to the United States from our friendly neighbor Canada. Not only would this project help to drive down gas prices, it would create tens of thousands of construction and refinery jobs for Americans.
Unfortunately, President Obama postponed granting the permits required to get this project started until after his reelection for fear that it would upset some of his far-left environmental base. While it is a shame that the president let politics trump good paying jobs and low gas prices, there are rumors that he is re-evaluating his position on approval of the pipeline.
Regardless, we cannot wait for the White House to act. This project will put men and women back to work, make our country more energy independent and bring down the cost of gasoline. Therefore my colleagues and I in the House will continue to put forth legislative solutions to ensure the construction of the pipeline.
We must hurry. Canada has already indicated that if we don’t start construction, they have another buyer lined up for their oil – China.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is critical piece to establishing a more secure energy policy that will bring down costs and reduce our dependency on oil from unstable Middle Eastern countries that don’t always have our best interests in mind. This project just makes sense and I hope that the White House will show some leadership and make the right decision before it is too late.
Last week, shortly after a key provision of the Senate gun control bill was voted down, former Senior Advisor to the President David Axelrod took to Twitter to announce his displeasure over the bi-partisan opposition to this legislation. Mr. Axelrod tweeted, “No Senator who heeled today on the NRA’s command should have the gall to issue mournful statements the next time gun violence strikes.”
This comment is distasteful as it is illogical. It is especially offensive because the efforts by the White House and their allies are more about winning an ideological battle than truly addressing the underlying causes of gun violence in America.
Like many of my constituents, I am a proud gun owner and strong supporter our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. But I am also a colleague of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and I am father, who has a child nearly the same age as many of the victims of the tragedy at Sandy Hook.
I pray that we never again see another Newtown or Tucson or Aurora or Virginia Tech. And I firmly believe we must work to prevent these unspeakable acts of violence.
But the legislation that was defeated in the Senate would have done nothing more than erode the privacy of law-abiding Americans and create a government registry of all individuals who own firearms and the types of firearms they own. In fact, even one of the sponsors of the bill admitted their proposal would not prevent another mass shooting like Newtown.
Yet the administration continues to push for these sorts of superficial solutions while portraying their opponents as beholden to the gun lobby or unconcerned about keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. This approach is unfortunate because it has left us unable to develop real solutions to decrease gun violence in America.
For example, we know that mental illness plays a large role in many of these mass shootings. Last year Mother Jones Magazine published a study where they looked at 62 mass shootings over the past 30 years. They found that in more than half of these incidents, the individuals responsible displayed clear signs of serious mental illness.
However, the administration’s strategy on gun control has essentially pushed the issue of mental health to the wayside. This is extremely disappointing because making our nation’s mental health care system more efficient and responsive is an idea that is overwhelmingly supported by both parties. In an era of partisan gridlock, we have an opportunity to do something that would have a demonstrable affect in making society safer.
It has been shown time and time again that simply making it harder for law abiding citizens to purchase guns will do little to hinder criminals from obtaining firearms to commit malicious acts. Our nation’s capital provides a perfect example of this flawed mentality. Until recently, Washington, D.C. had a near-total ban on all guns. But violent gun crime increased each year. In fact, a study found that DC’s homicide rate was substantially higher than that of 49 other major cities.
So why does the administration continue to keep pushing for these ineffective gun laws?
Perhaps the key can be found in a comment made by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the day before the gun control legislation was scheduled to be voted on in the Senate. Majority Leader Reid, in one of those rare Washington moments where the truth is accidentally spoken, stated that good progress was being made on the “anti-gun” legislation.
I think this statement is indicative of the administration’s true goals when it comes to gun control. When President Obama first ran for state office he supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of all handguns in Illinois. When the president ran for the United States House of Representatives in 1999 he proposed increasing federal taxes on the sale of firearms, restricting gun purchases to one a month and increasing gun licensing fees. And when the president ran for Senate five years later, he supported a law that would only allow former law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons.
The president’s record displays a clear desire to drastically reduce the American people’s ability to lawfully own guns. But because this idea has been overwhelmingly rejected by the majority Americans, the president has been forced to mask his true desire under the guise of public safety concerns.
In fairness, this is not the first time this strategy has been used in Washington. However, for the president and his allies to try to humiliate those who see through his thinly veiled efforts is shameful. It is also unfair to those who believe we can protect both our Second Amendment rights and our fellow citizens. More importantly, it is unfair to the victims of gun violence who deserve real solutions from Washington.
If the president would move past the politics and the ideology and work with Congress to enact real measures to prevent gun violence, I’m confident he would find a willing group of individuals with whom to work. But if the president continues to attack our Second Amendment, either overtly or surreptitiously, then he can expect another bipartisan defeat.