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Just days before the vote to modestly expand gun sale background checks, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told Caren Teves he agreed with her: Background checks should be strengthened. He then voted with 90 percent of Senate Republicans to prevent that exact legislation from even getting an up-or-down vote.

Teves lost her son Alex when he used his body to shield his girlfriend from a spray of bullets being fired at late-night moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado last year.

Flake’s fraudulent answer to Teves was mild compared to his excuses for not voting for the amendment. He claimed that it would expand background checks to private sales — it wouldn’t — and would create a national registry of gun owners, although the legislation specifically banned such a registry.

Since the vote against background checks several senators have seen their approval rating plummet — including Flake who is now the least popular member of the Senate.

This isn’t the first time a Republican senator has been rude to Teves. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gave her some “straight talk” in February.

But at least McCain voted to expand background checks.
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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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