Letter: What was the harm?
Re “I voted to improve background check system” (Monitor Forum, May 7):
After reading Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s position regarding her No vote to increased background checks for gun purchases, something struck me as rather odd. Nowhere does she say what the harm would have been in voting for the bill. As a former prosecutor, the senator should be aware that sometimes the “obvious” law on the books isn’t enough to put away a criminal. Probably the most famous example is Al Capone, who was not put away for mob activities, but was stopped by tax evasion laws. The latest attempt to curb gun violence might not have been much, but it would have been something and could have sent a message that Congress is serious about preventing school shootings.