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Letter: A Vote Worth Remembering

To the Editor:

I’ve been advised by many wise souls that jumping to conclusions will spawn nothing but trouble. Sound advice indeed. Letting emotion trump the facts has not been good to me over a lifetime.

Still, the urge to offer a guess as to why our junior senator voted against the gun-safety measure last week is irresistible. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, I venture, was well aware that those who revere the Second Amendment above all things vote, while those citizens who suspect that some restraints on the use of guns will not lead to the end of civilization as we know it usually don’t, at least when weapons are the salient issue.

It’s true: A useful gun control law needs a lot more oomph than the vapid legislation that was being considered last week. But it’s comforting to know that with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, we had at least one senator willing to suffer the ignominy bound to be heaped on her by the National Rifle Association for what seems to be an enlightened and infinitely reasonable vote.

And who knows, perhaps come election time, enough disgruntled voters who see a clear need for some responsible gun legislation will keep Ayotte’s “nay” firmly in mind — enough of them to make a difference for a change.

Tom Brody