To the Editor: Comstock votes wrong on guns

In your recent interview with Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10), she stated that she has a “strong record dealing with gun violence”.

Nothing could be further from the truth, and Barbara Comstock’s voting record tells the true story of where she stands on gun violence prevention.

As a State Delegate, Barbara Comstock voted to repeal Virginia’s “one gun per month” law. This very successful 19 year anti-trafficking measure was originally passed because Virginia was the prime source for guns used in crimes found in New York and other northern states (called the “iron pipeline”). Limiting gun purchases to one per month significantly reduced the number of crime guns traced to Virginia dealers. The majority of Virginians supported retaining this law, yet Barbara Comstock voted to repeal it.

Delegate Comstock also voted in favor of allowing concealed handgun permit holders to carry a concealed handgun onto the premises of a restaurant or club – places where families take their kids to eat, or where alcohol is served. In fact, during her 4 years in the Virginia General Assembly, Comstock voted with the gun lobby so consistently, she earned herself an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association.

In Congress, Representative Comstock voted eleven times to block consideration of “No Fly, No Buy” legislation to prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing dangerous weapons. In a Public Policy Polling poll dated September 13, 2016, 81% of Virginia voters support barring those on the Terror Watch List from buying guns.

Representative Comstock was asked “What steps would you support to reduce gun violence?” Completely missing from her entire response was any mention of universal background checks. A whopping 89% of voters in the Commonwealth of Virginia support background checks on all gun purchases. Research shows that in states with universal background checks, 46% fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners, 48% fewer on-duty law enforcement officers are killed with handguns, and the rate of gun trafficking is 48% lower.

How could Representative Comstock be so out of step with the desires of the voters she claims to represent?

Simple: Comstock is one of the top recipients of NRA contributions in the last two election cycles and her votes are a glaring reflection of this.

Amy McPike
Local Group Leader
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America