Letter: A disingenuous argument from Ayotte
Re “I voted to improve background check system” (Monitor Forum, May 7):
I finally figured out why Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s column seemed so disingenuous, though it took a while.
Ayotte presents the legislation she voted for as if it were on equal footing with the Manchin-Toomey proposal. It is not. It is an amendment to the Manchin-Toomey bill, which sought to expand background checks for gun purchases, with legislation that did not create background checks.
I’m all for improving the current background check system as the senator urges, but this system can’t track what it doesn’t measure: gun sales for which no background checks are currently required. Ayotte’s bill would have included mental health records in the database (not a bad idea), provided funds for studying the causes of mass shootings (sounds like a waste of time and money to me, as these are pretty clear already), and ensured “Second Amendment protections for veterans” (how can they not already have them?), but it would not have expanded background checks. Oh, and this amendment was not accepted.
So basically, Sen. Ayotte, you voted for something that wouldn’t have done anything to solve the problem and didn’t pass anyway, instead of voting for something that might have made a difference in making our homes, schools, and businesses safer? And you are trying to convince me that this should make me think better of you?
With all due respect to a sitting senator, you are going to have to do a bit better than that.