Dear Senator

As the parent of a six-year-old, I want to thank you for your vote to reject the plan to expand background checks on commercial gun sales.

For far too long, the dead-six-year-old lobby has held too much power in the halls of our legislative institutions. Not to mention the movie-going-public lobby.

Some may accuse you of cowardice because of your vote against ensuring people who have no business buying a gun are vetted before actually buying a gun. But I do not count myself among them. I am glad to see someone finally protecting the rights of seditious end-timers and hateful lunatics.

These are difficult times we live in. And I think by your vote you have set an example that we must meet such challenges not with courage and creative thinking, but with timidity, pessimism and inertia.


It is my fervent hope that the people of your state remember the vote you cast and reward you for it come re-election time.


Angela Colter

cc: Max Baucus (D-MT) (@MaxBaucus)
Mark Begich (D-AK) (@SenatorBegich)
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Mark Pryor (D-AR) (@SenMarkPryor)
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) (@SenAlexander)
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) (@KellyAyotte)
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One Response to Dear Senator

  1. David Fiorito says:

    While I truly appreciate the frustration and the anger that many people feel in the wake of this vote, I believe those feelings to be misplaced. If the goal is to prevent another horrific tragedy like Newtown then this was the wrong legislation in the first place.

    The firearms owned by Ms. Lanza were legally purchased with all of the requisite background checks and Federal and State forms and applications filled out. In order to use them to murder children, Adam Lanza killed his mother and stole her guns.

    The expansion of background checks to private sales between two residents of the same State would not have stopped his crimes.

    Limiting the magazine capacity of firearms would not have stopped his crimes.

    Prohibiting the sale and manufacture of semi-automatic rifles would not have stopped his crimes.

    Focusing on guns and the laws that regulate their sale and ownership would not have stopped his crimes.

    What we need is not (more) gun control. What we need are laws that help families and law enforcement involuntarily commit individuals to psychiatric care facilities. We need standards and procedures that would improve the physical security of schools (not armed guards as proposed by the NRA). Those are the only two things that may have … may have … prevented the Newtown massacre.

    If the goal is reduce gun violence then we need to address the economic health of urban and rural America where poverty and hopelessness combine to allow drug gangs to become the primary employer.

    But these problems (mental health care, school security, poverty, and drug gang violence) are being ignored in favor of an easy target with a clearly identifiable villain – guns, gun owners, and the NRA.

    As tragic as gun violence is, and as wrenching as it is to watch funerals for children whose lives were cut short by a man with a broken mind bent on destruction, it is too easy to take the quick and easy path by restricting the civil liberties of all Americans in the hopes that it has even the slimmest chance of avoiding the next inevitable insanity fueled violent outburst.

    As we saw in Boston, there is no legislation that can protect us from the acts of twisted and violent individuals bent on wreaking havoc and killing innocents.

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