On January 10, 2011 M V Consulting, Inc. contacted the following New York State elected politicians:
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo
Mayor Matt Ryan
Representative Richard Hanna
Representative Maurice Hinchey
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Charles Schumer
The reason for contacting all the above was obvious. The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and 19 other Arizonans, had ramifications that will affect every politician in the nation. The insane actions of Jared Loughner will renew debate over the 2nd Amendment, and Freedom of Speech. This is something that affects New York and the other States almost as directly as it does Arizona.
In a letter to the abovenamed officials (of which only the Senators have not directly met and spoken with MVC president Michael Vass), 3 questions were asked. Questions that have no connection to political parties. Questions that will influence how the public will interact with politicians. Questions that deal with the manner in which the very democracy of the nation is maintained.
1) Do you foresee this negatively impacting your ability to meet with constituents?
2) Do you believe that this will have an impact on the 2nd Amendment?
3) Do you believe that the various institutions and organizations that were proliferating rumors (ie that the shooter was a terrorist, that he was an Afghan veteran, that he was part of a Tea Party plot, ect) should be held accountable or at least denoted for their actions – especially those that sought early on to create political or social connections in support of political agendas.
The first question is important because less exposure means more insulation. It means more disenfranchisement with the voters being represented. It means that even fewer people will be connected to decisions being made in the name of, and the stated best interest of, the average American.
There is no secret that M V Consulting holds all politicians accountable to the comments, speeches, and promises made to us and the public. It is no secret that some politicians have difficulty with such attention to detail. But without the ability to speak with constituents and the media directly, all governance devolves over time into little more than “I think it’s good, and therefore that’s good enough.”
The second question is almost as important as the first. The Right to Bear Arms is fundemental. Even those that would seek to restrict it in some degree or manner accept that it was considered a vital part of the foundation of this nation.
As often happens with tragedies of this nature, the question of the 2nd Amendment arises. The fact that this particular event affects lawmakers directly, makes it vital to know what they are thinking. Emotional reactions in the face of stressful action are part of being human. Even those that might act with the best interest of their constituents in mind may be acting in a misguided manner, or they could be spot on.
Lastly, the act of using horrific acts to benefit political fluff must be acknowledged and stopped. It’s not that reasonable reporting of information can’t be wrong, like the intial report of the death of Rep. Giffords which were erroneous. Such misreporting occurs in the early minutes of a still active event, where facts can be confused to a degree.
But when the Daily Kos retro-actively deletes its content, and fires off accusations of wrong based on their political beliefs, all within minutes of notification of an event where no one has any concept of the scope of the event, that is blatant and repulsive.
When pundit after pundit makes comments that rhetoric they don’t like or agree with needs to be stopped, because of made up connections to an act of devestating madness – such attempts to shackle Free Speech needs to be highlighted.
When the media tries to instigate political change on the back of human suffering like has happened, all of this needs to gain more attention than say the 57% of respondents to a CBS News poll as reported by Reuters that said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting. Strong words in politics are not the problem, media reinterpeting those words is a problem.
So in all we asked the abovementioned 3 questions. For the reasons we have just defined clearly. Because in the end we beilieve that our readers, our fellow constituents, our fellow New Yorkers and Americans across the nation want to know the answers.
So far, we can only report 1 response.
Assemblywoman Lupardo (with whom we had previously arranged to interview) answered our questions in part, and we will follow-up on this when we speak with her later this month. Her entire and direct comment given to us today can be found at Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo releases statement on Giffords shooting
In our 2nd attempt to get a response from Senator Schumer on the above questions, we received a notice that our email had been received by the Senator.
Senator Gillibrand, who has in the past responded to our questions, has yet to respond in any manner.
Rep. Maurice Hinchey has again made no comment. It is now more than 2 years without a single comment from Rep. Hinchey on any subject, to us as constituents and members of the media (1 of his staff did speak with us once over the 2010 election).
Rep. Richard Hanna has not responded yet, though he is newly elected and we are not part of the 24th Congressional District.
Mayor Matt Ryan has not yet made any comment, though we will try to get a direct comment shortly.
We still feel that open representation is required for our government to continue to operate as the most free and successful of any in the world. We continue to state, that every voice should be heard – especially those of our elected political officials – without ever the threat of violence. We deplore any form of violence from any group or individual of whatever political alignment.
That said, we now publicly ask those elected officials that have not yet responded, to answer our 3 questions. We deserve to know the answers. In fact, as the answers can alter the very nature of our democracy, we believe that the elected officials who have yet to make a comment owe a response to their constituents.
Whenever and whatever the comment to us, we will provide it to you our readers, VERBATIM.
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