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Letter: We will not forget

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, on Wednesday you cast one of the deciding votes to defeat a common-sense measure that would have required background checks for guns bought over the internet or at gun shows. Senator Ayotte, we will not forget.

As one of the last senators to decide to block an even-handed, bipartisan measure aimed at protecting Americans and reducing gun violence, you chose to cast your vote against the simplest measure to increase our safety. Despite provisions in the bill that would have prevented a national gun registry, you offered the lame excuse that this would “allow for political overreach by the federal government into private gun sales.” Senator Ayotte, we will not forget.

Despite a nearly 90 percent approval by all U.S. citizens and over 80 percent approval by all American gun owners, your decision denied us the most minimal response to gun violence.

While you will not have to face the voters of New Hampshire for reelection until 2016, Senator Ayotte, we will not forget.

It is clear that despite the passage of time Americans will not forget the slaughter of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Neither will New Hampshire voters of all political persuasions fail to remember your shameful vote against common sense and the safety of your constituents. Senator Ayotte, we will not forget.

RANDOLPH DALES

Wolfeboro

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