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Letter: Ayotte is wrong

The position taken by Sen. Kelly Ayotte against constraints on the types and means of weaponry sales is wrong! The gun industry has to be part of the solution to gun violence. Regulating the industry by banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and requiring universal background checks does not conflict with the Second Amendment. We regulate lots of constitutional rights through our laws. Free speech, for instance, is regulated by libel laws. The need to regulate weapon sales is obvious to anyone who reads the news today.



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Of course she is wrong and it's why she does not deserve to be re-elected no matter what she does from here on out. We cannot forget that she willfully put everyones lives in jeopardy for self-serving political gain, as there was no valid reason whatsoever to vote against the Toomey-Manchin compromise bill.

CMCB69 NH does not have a gun problem. Stop looking for a problem to solve. Why are you rejecting Ayotte's mental health concerns. Concord Hospital pre 2004 had approx. 2000 patients. Now we have despise the population growth only 400 patients housed at Concord,as post 2004 the State of NH decided they did not want to pay for housing and caring for our most vulnerable citizens. Only the criminally insane are housed at Concord Hospital and the rest of the mentally ill population are in the state prison, and on the street. When these ill people lose the little control that they have and kill someone we blame the guns. I blame the state politicians who are happy to pay for anchor babies and their moms for 18 years but they are unwilling to pay for the most vulnerable among us because they don't vote on a regular basis.

The argument that we should avoid new gun laws because they won't work is ridiculous. Laws are intended to establish standards of behavior, and to provide a means for correcting or punishing those who violate those standards. Saying that laws should not be passed because people might violate them shows a fundamental misunderstanding about why we have a legal system. Also, it sets an impossible standard. On another topic, while I agree that it makes sense to try to determine why the USA happens to be so violent, saying that it's all Hollywood's fault seems to be overly simplistic. Movies made in the USA are shown all over the world, without such a result. I think we need to look deeper.

That is not what TCB said. The fact is we have laws on the books that are not being enforced. Too many laws create too many loopholes for the felons to get away with crimes. We do have a problem with angry young men in this country. Hollywood, video games etc, does promote violence. Add our kids being drugged at younger and younger ages, and we have a problemo. Nobody bothers to see what those drugs do to our kids side affects wise. These are mind altering drugs they give kids that have too much energy. We have kids who are obese because they get no exercise. A kid with a mental issue will be drawn into these things, especially if he is a loner and has no friends. The games become his friends. His mind is already warped. That is what we are doing to our kids these days.

Rabbit - I'm not impressed by the argument that the laws fail because they create loopholes. That is simply a non-sequitur. The rest of your comment appears to be speculative. Can you cite studies that support your apparent notion that obesity and anti-ADHD drugs cause these problems?

Well maybe you can tell me why the laws are not enforced Publius. My guess is that attorneys manage to take those poorly written laws and get their clients off or lesser sentences. Many studies are coming out now about the drugs we are giving our kids. Scary studies actually. Some that zero in on what drugs do to kids going through puberty are quite eye opening. Our kids are fat because they are inactive. They spend too much time playing violent video games and watching violent movies. Add a kid with a mental issue into the mix, and those habits can warp their mind even more. The difference between reality and fantasy becomes less apparent to them.

Pub, The graphic violence imagery business (no matter where it is located) is part of the problem - of course not the whole problem. so should we do something about that one source, more that hasn't worked or nothing at all? In addition, any comments about politicians labeling a law as one thing only to find something much different inside? Or why are "reasonable proposals" voted down? Because the devil is the details was not reasonable. I support your call to look deeper - inside bills is one place to start. What are the other areas where you suggest we look deeper?

TCB - I am as disturbed by graphic violence (don't leave out video and computer games, btw), but I'm also sensitive to the First Amendment issues, probably as sensitive as others are about Second Amendment concerns. I'm still uncomfortable with the argument that gun laws "don't work." What is the definition of a law that "works?" As for looking deeper, I'm curious - and don't have the answers to - why the USA seems to be so horrifically violent, whereas other societies where the populace is as heavily armed as we are (Canada, Switzerland for example) don't have the problems we do.

Pub, Why are we different? 1) more and more consistent violent programming than they 2) the most heterogeneous society that has ever existed 3) a criminal justice system that is not as effective as it needs to be to keep the violent away from the law-abiding. Switzerland you say? Where every household has rifles and som e full auto's and yet - far safer? . They are a clear example of it not the weapons that make a society safe/unsafe.

...in addition more people are killed.maimed by knives/clubs/other than guns. all the "gun" laws in the world will do nothing for that. Violence is the problem.

David, No - the need for more regulations, like those that haven’t worked in the past, is not obvious to anyone. What is the logic and common sense of repeating what hasn’t worked? There are already volumes of such laws in the books - would you say they have worked well? If no, what is your anticipated result from doing more of the same? Would that have stopped the recent multiple stabbing? It’s about violence. Hollywood actors claim to be against weapons but use them every day/week to feed a continuous stream of violence and murder imagery into our young people via TV, movies and computer games. Why the disparity? They make themselves rich! Doesn’t that bother you at all? In the recent mislabeled legislation, the title, “background checks” was just the cover of a much bigger book. Sen. Ayotte was wise enough to look at the legislation in detail. That’s the kind of legislator we need. Or, you could have legislators like Pelosi who says, “You can see what’s in the health care bill after you pass it”. Is this what you want in a legislator? Is that responsible on any level? Would you want that kind of legislative process going on when a more rational government comes back into power? Really – is that the system you want? We need more like Sen. Ayotte who look beyond the outer label on the package to the details inside. ”. I don’t see this patrol thrown at the Democratic legislators who voted like Sen. Ayotte. Proof positive this has nothing to do with public safety - this is pure partisan politics!

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