Letter: Is Ayotte soft on crime?
Sen. Kelly Ayotte ran for office on her record as a prosecutor but I am beginning to wonder if she is soft on crime. Many have written concerning her opposition to expanding background checks for gun purchases, so I will concentrate on other topics.
We learned in the Boston Marathon bombing that it is physically possible to put a taggant in gunpowder so it can potentially be traced in the aftermath of a bombing. We also learned that Congress at the behest of the NRA has forbidden the taggant to be placed in the gunpowder. Does Ayotte think there is a Second Amendment right to make and keep bombs?
There was also an explosion in the town of West, Texas, which killed and injured more people than the marathon bombing. We have learned from this incident that the responsibility for regulating small chemical plants has been given to the Department of Homeland Security, which has no resources to do so. We have learned that this plant had a very large pile of bomb-making material and Homeland Security did not even know the plant existed.
Ayotte has made no comments aimed at investigating and correcting this. Why not?
An April 21 column by Grant Bosse claimed that gun control has never worked (“The Senate sticks to its guns,” Sunday Monitor Viewpoints). It took a comedy show (The Daily Show) to offer serious coverage of Australia’s reduction in mass shootings and gun violence from the installation of national gun control by a conservative government.