Bergman backed by NRA big bucks

To the editor:

U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, who represents District 1 (all of the Upper Peninsula and the tip of the mitten) received campaign contributions in 2016 ($4,950) and in 2018 ($1,500), from the National Rifle Association. These numbers come from the Federal Election Commission.

The total sum is $6,450. It’s early days for the 2018 Bergman For Congress campaign, so quite possibly the final number will be larger. Comparing all nine U.S. House Representatives from Michigan receiving NRA money (all Republicans), Bergman comes in fourth on the NRA campaign contributions list so far. Pretty good, eh?

Divide this sum by the 17 (so far) students killed by gun violence in the most recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. This comes out to $379.41 for each child. How much in campaign contributions is one child worth? I expect Bergman just regards the 17 dead children as collateral damage, and the money is worth it to finance his political career. I wonder what he would say if one of those 17 kids was one of his grandchildren?

I’m on his mailing list, and I haven’t seen anything from him supporting gun control, even things that most people want, like universal background checks, and a ban on assault rifles. He did vote for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which allows the concealed transport of handguns across state lines, and also amends the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 to allow permit holders to carry a concealed weapon in school zones in any state. So I guess the NRA is getting their money’s worth.

Ironically, Bergman’s biography page at states: “Jack’s first priority is serving his constituents, and he’s working hard to leave a world that is better and safer for them and for his eight grandchildren.”