Letter: Adding insult to injury
There is an old saying about “adding insult to injury.”
Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s opposition vote on the Senate’s bipartisan, common-sense bill on background gun checks will allow countless future injuries and deaths that could be prevented.
The insult comes in Ayotte’s May 3 newsletter about her town hall meetings in Fitzwilliam, Tilton and Warren: “I believe it’s vitally important that citizens have the opportunity to speak with me directly, and I appreciated the opportunity to continue that dialogue this week” and “I also was glad to answer questions on gun violence.”
Two letters in the May 4 Monitor give a markedly different picture of the Warren and Tilton town meetings. In “From Ayotte, phony-baloney,” Nancy Martland writes that of about 60 people who filled out tickets, only about “10 lucky individuals, who seemed to be cherry-picked by Ayotte handlers to avoid difficult questions, were allowed to speak.” Kate Miller in “From Ayotte: a hollow promise,” goes further: “In fact, state Sen. Jeb Bradley admitted he had weeded out those audience questions on gun control .”
Ayotte cannot have missed the avalanche of letters to the editor on her gun bill vote, and she surely noticed the unusually large numbers of people at the town meetings observing her handling of questions. Yet she still tells us, “I was also glad to answer questions on gun violence.”
Ayotte has not only made a disastrously ill-judged vote, she has also greatly underestimated the intelligence and the memory of New Hampshire voters.
Will we remember in November 2016? We certainly will.
Rep. JUNE M. FRAZER