One of the common ways to gauge how hard a politician will work to protect your right to keep and bear arms is to look at how he or she voted on firearms-related pieces of legislation in the past. An elected official might tell you that he’ll vote to protect your rights, but in the end, what really matters is how he actually voted when the bell sounded.
We will continue to reach out to politicians at the beginning of each legislation year in an attempt to determine their stances on proposed legislation. In the meantime, we present to you our “Report Cards” on how our elected officials actually voted.
We will compile any votes taken in 2014 (and beyond) and add them to the following report cards, so you will have a running score of how our legislators are doing in Dover.
There were only three pieces of legislation presented for a vote in Dover in 2013: HB 35, HB 88, and SB 16. All legislators were given one point for each correct vote. Since all three of these bills were designed to infringe upon your freedoms, the only correct vote was NAY on each. Thus, legislators would have received a score ranging from 0 to 3. Correlating these scores to letter grades, we assigned the following: 0=F, 1=D, 2=C, and 3=A. We considered making a 2=B, since it is technically a borderline C+ or B-. But HB 88 was a bill that never should have gotten out of the House. For that reason, we decided to keep those who only scored a 2 rated as a C. It is a shame, since a number of otherwise gun-friendly politicians got dinged. But the fact still remains that HB 88 was ramrodded through the House with no opposition, and we cannot let that go unrewarded.