Letter: I’m with Ayotte
I believe strongly that law-abiding citizens have a Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. So does Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
Once again, gun control measures are at the forefront of a national debate. It’s a discussion we shouldn’t be afraid to have. That’s why I applaud Ayotte for voting to move forward with the debate in the U.S. Senate.
Let’s have that conversation. Let’s have a discussion about why the Second Amendment is one of our basic civil rights. Let’s talk about the real issues at the core of recent horrific mass killings. Let’s talk about the violence in our society and, more specifically, the violence perpetrated by mentally deranged people bent on homicide.
As a former prosecutor, Ayotte knows that law-abiding gun owners are not the problem. It is why she is the co-sponsor of several measures aimed at dealing with mental illness in a proactive way. It is why she favors more prosecution of those who violate existing laws.
She will not support banning a list of particular rifles simply because they meet some arbitrary description, or they look scary. She will not support ineffective measures that simply make some people feel good. We had a ban on certain types of rifles once. It accomplished nothing.
Most important, though, I am confident that Ayotte will not support measures that infringe on a fundamental constitutional right.
GREGORY A. TRACY