Then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s meeting with representatives of the Brady Campaign on the fifth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings exposed his double-dealing.
According to one of the meeting’s participants, Cantor expressed his “full support” for keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people. However, the Majority Leader, who had just returned from speaking at an NRA convention, refused to sign a Statement of Principle capturing the ideas he had just agreed to. The statement calls for keeping guns out of the hands of those who are convicted felons, convicted domestic abusers, terrorists, or people who are dangerously mentally ill.
The Statement of Principle is not a pledge, and Cantor could not say he was opposed to signing such documents when they advance his career. He willingly signed Grover Norquist’s pledge not to raise taxes. Apparently when it comes to the lives of students, staff, and faculty the then-Majority Leader said no dice—there is nothing in it for me. What a shame. Voters are crying out for politicians with backbone and principle, and Cantor took a pass. He apparently prefers to gamble with people’s lives rather than act responsibly.
According to one of the attendees at Cantor’s volunteered to those gathered that you have to set standards low around here (Congress), and then proved it. He told them he would not allow a vote on a bill strengthening background checks in order to buy a gun because a Democrat sponsors the bill.
Cantor lost his bid for re-election in 2014. He lost not because he lied to the victims of school shootings, but because he was out of touch with his electorate. Cantor was smug, arrogant, and condescending; he epitomized the worst of the type of our politicians. (To be continued)