Letter: Be bold, Sen. Ayotte
To Sen. Kelly Ayotte: There is an important vote coming to the Senate regarding common-sense limitations on gun violence.
No society can function without limitations to protect us from each other. We agree to traffic lights to protect us from our 250-horsepower vehicles. We must protect each other from 30-round magazines on guns. We have to prove who we are when we register our cars.
We need the same kind of common-sense background check when we purchase and register a gun.
The minority conversation has set the unlimited freedom for a few vocal gun owners and their gun industry spokesman in opposition to the safety of all human beings. To choose the former is to fall into a position of moral turpitude – a gross disregard of moral standards expected of a human being.
Newtown, Conn., is part of our neighborhood. We cannot allow ourselves to become separated from the shared pain in the gunning down of 20 6-year-old and their teachers.
Senator, you have a unique opportunity to do the right thing. You can be a leader, step out of the protective shadows and take a risk. That is what leaders do. Former congresswman Gabby Giffords, a survivor of a mass shooting, said this to all who govern, “Be bold! Be courageous!”
Senator, you can set yourself apart on strong humanitarian and moral ground by voting in favor of common-sense gun limitations.
The Newtown families deserve a vote on the Senate floor.
DAVID B. HART