To the Editor,
The citizens of the State of New Hampshire certainly are fortunate to have someone representing us in the United States Senate who actually seeks effective solutions rather than simply signing on to whatever is most politically expedient. With her recent votes on gun control legislation, Senator Kelly Ayotte demonstrated a thoughtful, problem solving approach to preventing mentally ill individuals from acquiring firearms. She understands that expanding a flawed background check system to more types of firearms transfers will do nothing to address this issue. The Toomey-Manchin amendment would not have prevented Sandy Hook but would place additional burdens on millions of law abiding citizens who had nothing to do with that or any other criminal act. In addition, this legislation would have put the foundation in place for a national gun owner registry. Yes, the bill included a substantial fine for actually creating such a registry but who would prosecute that case? Would it be Attorney General Eric Holder of “Fast and Furious” fame? Don’t make me laugh.
Rather than sign on to a fatally flawed bill, Senator Ayotte supported a bi-partisan amendment that would improve our existing National Instant Check System (NICS), address mental health gaps in the criminal justice system, boost resources to improve school safety, and criminalize gun trafficking and straw purchases. Senator Ayotte is well aware that the real issue behind atrocities committed in Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, and elsewhere is our broken mental health treatment system. While others have sought to capitalize on these horrific acts to push an anti-gun and anti-gun-owner agenda, Senator Ayotte has instead chosen to pursue real solutions to the real problems while respecting and protecting the right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. I am very proud to have Kelly Ayotte as a United States Senator for New Hampshire and I thank her for all the great work she has done on this and other important issues.