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Letter: Congress Fails Once Again

To the Editor:

Edith Wheeler makes an excellent case for compromise in Washington, especially after the Newtown shootings (“Learning the Art of Compromise” Forum, April 17). Sadly, Congress showed its flaws even when it was offered a solid bipartisan compromise. A vocal minority with money — only 46 senators out of 100 senators — choked off the Toomey/Manchin bill. It would have extended background checks to firearms buyers at gun shows and online. While Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association, they brokered this compromise to further impede bad folks from obtaining guns. More than 90 percent of Americans support this, but the NRA reversed its former support for universal background checks to oppose it.

Good thing the losing side believes in the democratic process rather than armed rebellion to overthrow tyranny. The tragic fact remains: Expect more Newtowns.

Bob Williamson

South Woodstock

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