Sen. Susan Collins could be very involved about weapons, we discovered final week, in an embarrassingly fluffy Politico piece declaring her a “average” that “has lengthy been a lonely voice on weapons within the GOP.” Dig just a little deeper, although, and you discover little moderation and paper-thin opposition to weapons.
Curiously sufficient, Collins truly got here to the Senate (as a “average”) with a whole lot of assist from a man identify Dick Dyke, who on the time was the proprietor of Bushmaster Firearms. The assault weapons producer and his associates donated $14,000 to her 1996 marketing campaign due to her “pro-gun stands—together with her assist for overturning the ban on sure assault weapons.” She owes her seat within the Senate largely to his cash.
However that is not all. His household has donated a complete of $20,000 to her campaigns since that first race. This all occurred after he gave her profession an enormous increase after she misplaced a 1994 run for governor. Between that run and her profitable Senate bid, Collins was named director of a newly created middle at Husson College in Bangor, Maine, the Richard E. Dyke Heart for Household Enterprise. That middle was created in December, 1994 from a $265,000 donation from none apart from Dick Dyke.
Dyke had all that cash from the sale of weapons. You may keep in mind Bushmaster as a result of it was one in every of their weapons, a .223-caliber rifle, a civilian model of the navy M-16, that the D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad used on his terrorist rampage. Ten folks have been murdered by Muhammed and his confederate Lee Boyd Malvo, and Bushmaster ended up paying out $550,000 in a $2.5 million settlement to the victims’ households to settle their claims of negligent distribution of weapons by the Bull’s Eye gun store in Washington state, the place the gun was obtained, and Bushmaster. “Regardless of audits by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives exhibiting that Bull’s Eye had dozens of lacking weapons, Bushmaster continued to make use of the store as a supplier and offered it with as many weapons because the house owners needed, the lawsuit alleged.”
That is how Collins established her profession as a “average” and that “lonely voice on weapons.” Her profession was bankrolled within the early days by gun cash and since then she’s been a reasonably dependable vote for Mitch McConnell and the NRA when the chips are down, voting towards banning high-capacity magazines and towards background checks at gun reveals—whereas voting to loosen license and background checks at reveals.
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