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Letter: Ayotte knows what she’s doing

It is sad to watch Sen. Kelly Ayotte excoriated for not having supported a flawed universal background check bill. When the vote against the bill was announced, I was attending a seminar on response to mass murder attempts at the annual conference of the International Association of Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers. A police chief interrupted to say that the bill had just failed. Significantly, applause broke out in this audience of law enforcement professionals.

In her long career in New Hampshire, Ayotte was first a diligent and successful prosecutor. Her skill and determination took many dangerous criminals off New Hampshire streets. She became one of the finest attorneys general in state history. Those years of working with police professionals taught her what works in crime prevention and what doesn’t. She obviously realizes, as most police do, that “gun control” measures which by definition will be obeyed only by the law-abiding will have little or no meaningful effect on law-breakers. She is to be commended for opposing meaningless, feel-good legislation that panders to a diffused emotion of “we have to do something, even if it’s meaningless.”

It would be hard to find anyone in the U.S. Senate with a better real-world grasp of preventing violent crimes than Ayotte. Look for her to support meaningful legislation to prevent such atrocities: better mental health approaches to interdict such offenders beforehand and hardening perimeters to intercept them when they attempt to commit their heinous crimes.

MASSAD AYOOB

Live Oak, Fla.

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