The Washington Post published an article yesterday (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senators-near-a-deal-on-background-checks-for-most-private-gun-sales/2013/02/23/d55e5f4a-7d0c-11e2-82e8-61a46c2cde3d_story.html) which specifically mentions both Arizona Senators as likely supporters of a "bipartisan" Senate bill expanding federal background checks to cover most private firearm sales. This does not surprise me from Senator McCain, whom I suppose most if not all of us have long since written off as a lost cause when it comes to supporting or even understanding the Constitution.
Senator Flake, on the other hand, has shown great promise in most ways, but I suspect requires some constituent guidance on this issue. He may also, as a brand new Senator, be under considerable pressure to "go along" with measures such as this in exchange for future committee appointments.
Granted, I'm giving the Senator the benefit of the doubt here; for the time being I will continue to do so, but if it becomes clear he no longer stands on conservative principle, then I believe his anticipated ascension to the position of "Senior Senator from Arizona" in 2016 should be vigorously challenged.
Here is an email I have sent him on the subject of the currently negotiated Senate bill; I urge my fellow Arizona Tea Party Patriots to send similar messages. Please feel free to plagiarize it in any part or in its entirety!
A February 23 article in the Washington Post specifically lists you and Senator McCain as likely supporters of a “bipartisan” Senate bill to expand the federal background check database for firearm purchases to include private sales. You have previously stated your strong support for the Second Amendment, Senator, and for the Constitution, but these positions are absolutely incompatible with support for the currently debated bill.
The Second Amendment contains no qualifiers. It states simply that the right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Any and all gun control measures are the prerogative of the individual states, not the federal government. This bill would infringe deeply on our rights by providing the federal government with the means to know exactly what every American citizen possesses and to attempt to CONFISCATE those arms should it choose to do so.
Furthermore, it is very well known to most of your colleagues in both houses of Congress—as it is to a majority of American citizens--that no bill you could pass will have the slightest impact on preventing gun violence, because criminals and psychopaths do not care about or obey laws. The only thing this bill will accomplish will be to cast an additional looming threat over the heads of law-abiding citizens, at a time and in an environment where the burden of such threats from Washington have reached unprecedented mass.
Senator, this bill is the golden key that opens the door to tyranny. It is exactly what progressives and statists in Washington want. I am sure you know from your experience in the House that to compromise with the left (or with statists in our own party) is to compromise our liberty. I urge you to reject any further attempts by Washington to erode our Constitutional rights, and to reject the notion that more restrictions are necessary because “something has to be done”. I urge you instead to join the emerging leaders of your party in focusing attention where it needs to be—on the culture of violence in America, the devaluation of life, and the creation of easy targets for criminals by existing, poorly-conceived gun laws.