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Letter: Proud of Ayotte

Since April 17 the majority of the letters published by the Monitor have been politically motivated hack jobs on Sen. Kelly Ayotte for standing up for what she believes and voting against the Manchin Amendment.

I find it strange that nothing has been written regarding the fact that less than 30 minutes later, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen voted against the Grassley Amendment, designed to improve availability of records to the national instant criminal background check system, making it harder for persons with criminal records to obtain firearms, address mental illness in the criminal justice system and end straw purchases and trafficking of illegal firearms. No one seems to want to question Shaheen’s vote, or give Ayotte credit for voting for it.

Honestly, folks, if your goal is keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, you have to be just as upset over one vote as the other. Unless, of course, you’re wearing party-line blinders.

Everyone has forgotten that six days earlier Ayotte crossed party lines, voted for and helped pass the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act which ensures all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background system and requires a background check on every firearm sale.

Kelly, let not your heart be weary! Many of us are still very proud of you.



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