Local Veterans Once Again Respond to Reed’s Outrageous Attacks to Commander Plumb’s Military Service
Jamestown, New York - Congressman Tom Reed's campaign for Congress desperately released a statement claiming that U.S. Navy Reserve Commander John Plumb defends a "price tag on American lives." The following is a response from local veterans and Commander Plumb's campaign:
"Congressman Reed is desperately clutching at straws to distract and mislead voters from his dangerous record of placing his own partisan politics ahead of the safety and security of the residents of the Southern Tier," said Sam Newton, Spokesperson for John Plumb's Campaign for Congress. "He put the safety and security of all of our citizens at risk every time he voted to ensure suspected terrorists can continue to buy military-grade weapons here at home - which he did over ten times. He also put the safety and security of the country at risk when he voted on March 3, 2015 to shut down the Department of Homeland Security. The Southern Tier needs a new member of Congress - one who won't play politics with our security and one who knows what service actually means."
Robert Yott, local veteran stated , "I am shocked that Congressman Reed continues to disrespect John Plumb and attack his 22 years of defending our country and government. The only thing Tom Reed has done for our government is make it more dysfunctional. Tell me Mr. Reed, how did voting to shut down the Department of Homeland Security make Americans safer?"
"Tom Reed's attacks to John's service are just another example of election year pandering. John Plumb has an actual understanding of national security issues, learned by spending years at sea on a U.S. submarine. Tom Reed understands national security issues in the abstract, likely from a brief or a talking points memo generated by one of his staff members," said Mark Puckhaber, local veteran and business owner.
Congressman Tom Reed voted to block a spending bill and shut down the Department of Homeland Security on March 3, 2015. Republican Rep. Mike Simpson noted that the vote was "the only path forward to avoid a potentially devastating shutdown" of DHS.
This irresponsible vote infuriated even his fellow Republican members of the New York Congressional delegation, who issued a joint statement arguing against Reed's vote and declaring that "DHS is critical to our national security - ISIS is a real threat to America, and we must provide full funding to keep New York and our country safe. We urge the rest of our colleagues to join us in supporting legislation to fund DHS."
Fellow New York Republican Peter King was so angered by Reed's position that he declared Reed "self-righteous and delusional" for putting the country's security at risk by playing politics, "especially at a time when we're confronting terrorism."
Under current law, " being a known or suspected terrorist [is] not a disqualifying factor for firearms transfer and eligibility." According to the GAO, the FBI, when it conducts background checks on a gun purchaser, does not automatically prohibit the sale of the gun even if the person is on a terrorist watch list. Instead, the person would have to have some other "disqualifying factor" to be prohibited from getting the gun, such as a felony conviction. Tom Reed has voted to continue to allow suspected terrorists to purchase assault rifles and other firearms: 6/14/16 , Vote #299;1/12/16,Vote #36;1/07/16,Vote #21;1/06/16,Vote #4;1/06/16,Vote #2;12/11/15,Vote #690;12/10/15,Vote #688;12/09/15,Vote #685;12/09/15,Vote #682;12/03/15,Vote #666;12/02/15,Vote #653;12/01/15, Vote #646.