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They listen to their constituents — unless it’s about gun control

Two weeks ago, in response to the shutdown of the government, Republican Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state said, “We listen to the people that we represent, and we have a responsibility to act on their behalf.”

In the recent gun control debate, lawmakers must have been operating under a different set of beliefs. With about 90 percent of the people in favor of background checks, Republicans still voted against passing any gun control laws. So much for their principles in acting on the behalf of people they represent.

It’s guns yes, health care no. In Republicanspeak there is only room for one “death panel.”

Bruce Zabinsky