To The Daily Sun,
Let's applaud and support elected representatives who take position of integrity versus simply subscribing to extremism because it's the party platform. If politicians remain in the remote corners of their polarizing platform, less gets done. We need thoughtfulness, courage and occasional compromise, not hyper-partisanship.
I applaud Peter Spanos, Republican representative from Laconia, who is pro-gun based on his voting, for having the courage to draw a line when it came to standing as the "lone member of the Belknap County Delegation to vote not to repeal the state's license requirement to carry a concealed handgun." I realize he lost the vote but his position was courageous and, I think, correct. In speaking to my local police chief about this, he said "Police chiefs approve over 99 percent of requests for concealed carry weapons. The less than 1 percent turned down should be turned down, they're crazy."
I can understand everyone having access to a weapon, but often we know who's unbalanced and sadly, there is a lot of untreated mental health situations in our workplace and community. More often we don't know. This is a minor filter to ensure public safety. I want to see this process continue to ensure some measure of public safety, and it seem to be working well. It impedes less than 1 percent of applicants seeking concealed carry, but even that was too much for my party? The governor vetoed the bill regardless, and Spanos gets lambasted by his own party. We have serious problems to combat in this state, and we need to know that our progress isn't diverted by nailing the candidate who didn't pander to well-funded, extremist views. I'm proud of Peter Spanos' courage and we need more like him.
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