It sounds unlikely, but Oklahoma's junior senator, Dr. Tom Coburn, has put himself at odds with the National Rifle Association over a new law designed to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.
Coburn put a hold on the bill, which has garnered support from an unusual coalition of groups, including the NRA and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The bill is also being supported by parents and others affected by the Virginia Tech shootings, which occurred six months ago.
According to the Tulsa World, Coburn has concerns about the cost of the bill and its potential to keep guns from certain people. The newspaper also reports that several Virginia Tech survivor and families have written to Coburn about his objections to the gun measure.
It strikes us as more than a little odd that the good doctor would oppose an NRA-supported bill designed to prevent gun injuries and deaths. We know Coburn is a budget hawk, but holding up a bill likely to save lives of American citizens seems foolish in the extreme.
In this case, senator, the NRA has it right.