Letter: Ayotte’s Vote Flabbergasted Me

To the Editor:

I am absolutely stunned that Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted against the Manchin-Toomey amendment, going against 80 percent of her constituents and 92 percent of the American people to align herself with the shameless National Rifle Association. She is more interested in gaining an A+ rating from the NRA and its supporters than the lives of 20 innocent schoolchildren. The incident hasn’t affected the NRA one iota, which obviously views those massacred in Newtown as dispensable.

Over 3,600 more people have been killed by guns since Newtown. Between 1984 and 2012, at least 29 mass shootings causing four or more deaths have occurred. Some politicians apparently accept these tragedies as the new normal in American life. But those who lose loved ones to crazed mass-murderers are permanently damaged. Their lives are anything but normal and will never be the same again. Meanwhile, Ayotte and the other senators who voted against this common-sense amendment have officially extended a carte blanche invitation to criminals and terrorists to continue to take their pick of weapons, including assault and semi-automatic weapons with large-capacity ammunition magazines.

I am not against the Second Amendment. But it is beyond comprehension that virtually anybody can buy as many guns as he wants, no questions asked. It makes me cringe. Ayotte says she didn’t want to interfere with Second Amendment rights, which is laughable. The defeated proposal had nothing to do with gun control or the right to own a gun. It had everything to do with sane, sensible and long-overdue legislation. It is clear she didn’t even fully read the amendment or, if she did, she chose to ignore its plain meaning. Even the NRA was for background checks before it was against them. To Ayotte, the collateral damage from gun violence is just something we have to live with. Really?

I will do my best to help replace the callously indifferent Ayotte with someone who genuinely cares about all Americans who want to be protected from gun violence. I applaud Gabby Giffords, the former congresswoman from Arizona injured in a mass shooting, for her unyielding efforts to try to do something.

Nancy Allison