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Many of us begged Sen. Ayotte to change her mind on gun control

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To The Daily Sun,

I read the letter by Joanne D. Haight titled, "To us she is just Kelly & she's a strong leader for New Hampshire." Huh? Senator Ayotte a "strong leader?" Really? When, where, how?

Our junior senator was elected to go to Washington to work for all of the citizens of New Hampshire. She was elected to go to Washington to work with all of her fellow senators. Sen. Ayotte was elected to bring the concerns of all New Hampshire citizens to Washington, not just those of her Republican supporters. But she has failed time and time again.

Case in point: The massacre of young children and adults in Newtown, Conn. The vast majority of Americans cried out for stronger gun control laws. Where was Sen. Ayotte? Much to the sadness and great disappointment of those who were hoping that she would do the right thing, she stuck with those who chose to turn a blind eye.

She had a perfect opportunity to put in place stronger laws which could lessen the chance of yet another mass shooting in the U.S. while protecting everyone's rights. She could have shown the leadership we expect from a senator. She could have helped create a lasting testament for the little children who died before they even had a chance to live their lives. She had the chance to start the process of putting real money into real programs for intensive help and intervention for dangerously mentally ill individuals.

Instead, she waffled, she hedged, she procrastinated, and in the end she did not go along with the wishes of almost 90 percent of Americans, both right and left, who have had enough mass death from weapons in the hands of the disturbed and dangerous.

She stuck with those in her party who drafted a watered-down disgrace. Why didn't she support the bi-partisan draft created by both Democrats and Republicans which President Obama stated he would sign as soon as it came to his desk?

I, and many other New Hampshire citizens wrote to her begging her to change her mind. We pleaded with Kelly to finally do the right thing for all Americans, so more families wouldn't have to mourn another person killed by guns in the hands of the criminally insane or by weapons designed solely for wartime action.

I am against killing of any and all human beings, no matter the circumstance. I believe in the Commandant from God which says: "Thou Shalt Not Kill." There is no addendum on this commandment. Thou Shalt Not Kill is an absolute. Taking another human life in any shape or form should not be justified, ever.

This is an excerpt from the famous Farewell Address of President George Washington in 1796: "You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection."

Bernadette Loesch