NHDP - Backlash Over Ayotte Vote Against Bipartisan Background Check Legislation Continues to Grow

Concord - In case you missed it, Kelly Ayotte's vote against the bipartisan compromise legislation to implement universal background checks is causing a massive backlash from New Hampshire citizens.  Public polling shows her approval rating in free fall, having dropped 15 points after the vote.  She was taken to task by editorials in some of New Hampshire's largest newspapers - many of whom have seen a blizzard of letters from Granite Staters confronting Senator Ayotte for her irresponsible vote. 

 

Additionally, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly's Americans for Responsible Solutions announced the launch of a radio ad highlighting that while nearly 90% of Granite Staters support universal background checks, Ayotte "just ignored us."

 

"Ayotte explained her position by saying that she could not support the bipartisan bill because she believes it would 'place unnecessary burdens on law-abiding gun owners and allow for potential overreach by the federal government into private gun sales.' Her statement is utter nonsense." - Concord Monitor, 4/21/2013

 

"Meanwhile, those who believed that the deaths of 20 elementary schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, Conn., would result in sufficient horror and revulsion to overcome Second Amendment absolutism are left to wonder: Just how many deaths will it take before elected officials like Ayotte summon the courage to follow the wishes of their constituents rather than the dictates of the gun lobby?"  - Valley News, 4/20/2013

 

"Either way, Ayotte owes the people of New Hampshire an explanation. What she's said so far - that the bill would unduly burden law-abiding gun owners - doesn't cut it. On whose behalf is Ayotte voting? Certainly, it's not the more than eight in 10 people in this state whose voices she chose to ignore." - Keene Sentinel, 4/24/2013

 

"Perhaps she believes that by 2016 people will have forgotten how she voted. Or perhaps she's counting on the historic lack of intensity from voters who favor gun control. If we don't like how she voted Wednesday it's up to all of us who care about this issue to show Sen. Ayotte she was mistaken by voting her out of office." - Portsmouth Herald, 4/21/2013

 

Below are samples of some of the letters to the editor from Granite Staters holding Ayotte accountable.

 

Ayotte sides with the powerful over the people

In Wednesday's session, the U.S. Senate defeated a bill that would require background checks prior to buying a gun. Once again, our lawmakers acted to condone violence. Once again, our lawmakers bowed to the wishes of the rich and powerful, and their lobbyists. A recent news article showed a Muslim-dressed individual telling his followers to go to the United States to buy guns, because it was easy to do so, and kill Americans. That is the attitude that is created by our lawmakers. What really got me was that this guy looked like an American dressed as a Muslim.

Dick Desrosiers

Hampton

 

Sen. Ayotte should resign after gun vote
Sen. Ayotte, you disgust me and should resign. You are derelict in your duty. Your number one responsibility is to represent the wishes of your constituents, especially when that consensus is so clear. We also expect our Senator to demonstrate some independence and courage. You have failed miserably.

Dave Potter

North Hampton

 

Background check to own gun is common sense

Background checks help keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Background checks help keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Background checks help keep guns out of the hands of angry people who are under a restraining order. Background checks help save the lives of innocent men, women and children. Background checks help keep guns in the hands of responsible, rational people - the "good guys." Ninety percent of the people in America want expanded background checks on gun purchases.

Cynthia Muse

Rye

 

Sen. Ayotte needs to explain her gun vote

On an MSNBC broadcast Sen. Kelly Ayotte said, "I don't support a filibuster for this. Provided that there are amendments and that we can have a full and robust debate, I think that's the way to go forward on an important issue."

Jean L. Harrison

Rye

 

Where is Sen. Ayotte's sense of shame?

Sen. Ayotte won't expand background checks to include gun shows and online sales. She doesn't care that over the last three months, there were 160,000 gun ads on Armslist.com alone. Buy a gun, no questions asked! Just one example of this kind of gun free-for-all bazaar: Mr. R. Haughton, though a restraining order barred him from having guns, bought a gun through Armslist.com and shot and killed his wife and two other women.

Tom Slater

Portsmouth

 

Editorial cut through Ayotte's baloney

Thank you very much for your excellent editorial ("If you want gun control, vote Ayotte out of office"). Your reasoning on why New Hampshire voters should not re-elect Sen. Kelly Ayotte is solid and cuts through all the baloney. Her shameful vote against the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey bill that would strengthen background checks, a position supported by 90 percent of the American people, demonstrates where her real allegiances lie.

Larry Drake

Portsmouth

 

Gun owner says now is the time to enact reform

I am not a hunter or sport shooter, but I am a gun owner, and I feel that the Senate vote last week has done nothing but cripple the rights of everyday gun owners. The time for reasonable and responsible gun regulation is here, and it's incredible that the gun lobby doesn't see it, and refuses to work to really protect Second Amendment rights.

Bill Nostrom

Newmarket

 

Advocates for gun rights have lost perspective

The vocal minority of gun rights advocates say incremental gun violence prevention laws will not stop all gun crime. On this point, we can agree. With 300 million weapons in legal and criminal hands in the United States, it may take a generation or more to make a dent in gun deaths. The advocates wear the Second Amendment like an invisibility cloak, asserting it was intended to enable them to own any gun and accessory, any time, anywhere, as a protection against government tyranny.

Jonathan Caldwell

Stratham

 

Ayotte's vote against gun control bill 'sickening'

Washington Republicans just can't bring themselves to stand up for us against the lying, unethical and immoral gun lobby. Where are all you reasonable Republicans anyway? Why are you so silent? Voters have got to do their jobs in upcoming elections. We have to rid our Congress of people whose votes are so off-base.

Michael Pignatelli

Nashua

 

Why so surprised?

Why are so many people surprised at U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte's behavior of pursuing her ambition rather than doing the right thing, which would be to reflect the constituents she represents or to think for herself? During her election campaign, evidence of emails was made public that she was corresponding, while attorney general, with at least one of her political consultants about her thinking and decision-making regarding Michael Addison's homicide case, including her thoughts of pursuing the death penalty for him.

CAROL MOORE

Concord

 

Beyond disappointed

I am beyond disappointed that Sen. Kelly Ayotte ignored the mandate of her constituents to avoid the wrath of the National Rifle Association with her cowardly vote against the Manchin-Toomey bill. I only hope that at the next election, voters also have the long memory that the NRA has, and they choose to vote for a senator with greater character and conviction than one who will place protecting her job prospects over representing us.

MARIE DANIELS

Bow

 

Ayotte did not represent her New Hampshire constituents

Background checks continue for individuals applying for business positions or entry into the military. They are accepted everywhere, except with Sen. Kelly Ayotte on the issue of purchasing weapons. The background checks bill did not infringe on the Second Amendment. Ayotte's stance is completely unfounded and wrong. She echoed the National Rifle Association's fear-mongering. A recent survey showed 91 percent of New Hampshire adults support background checks.

WILLIAM and MARILYN MURDOCH

Concord

 

Ayotte's 'courage'

Thank you so much, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, for showing us the meaning of courage. Despite nine in 10 of your countrymen believing that a background check to buy a gun is a most common-sense approach to gun safety, you stood up to that pressure and sided with the one in 10 who don't believe that. Nicely done. You stood tall as you voted to enable criminals, those with mental health disease, and even domestic and foreign terrorists to easily obtain a gun. Well done.

JOSEPH M. CONLEY

Contoocook

 

Craven pandering

In your story about U.S. Kelly Ayotte's craven pandering to the gun lobby in regards to her vote against expanded background checks ("Ayotte helps kill guns bill," Monitor front page, April 18), you neglected to mention that she also voted "nay" on amendment 713, deterring firearms trafficking; amendment 711, regulating assault weapons; and amendment 714, regulating large capacity ammunition feeding devices.

KAREN CZAJKOWSKI

Webster

 

Reckless vote

New Hampshire is a state in which people actually try to understand issues and will not be demagogued for long. Sen. Kelly Ayotte's phony declaration that the compromise bill on background checks would lead to a gun registry, when it specifically forbids one, is a good example of the sort of lie, as the president described this assertion, that we reject in politicians.

DAVID SWORDS

Warner

 

Illogical vote

Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted against universal background checks for gun purchases. She claims instead that measures addressing such things as "mental health gaps in the criminal justice system" will do a better job protecting Americans from gun violence. But I don't get it: What good will filling in "mental health gaps" do if there is no requirement to undertake a background check that might undercover the now-gapless information? Information does little good if no one is looking for it.

WILLEM deVRIES

Northwood

 

Flimsy

To the editor: Once again, Senator Kelly Ayotte has aligned herself with the extremists. Following her earlier attempt to assassinate the character of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, she has now bowed before the gun lobby and voted against extended background checks for gun buyers. Before I continue, let me state for the record that I support the Second Amendment and am not advocating for a firearm registry or any other restriction for law abiding citizens.

John F. Eckert

Strafford

 

Open letter to Senator Ayotte

To the editor: Senator Ayotte, you disgust me and should resign. You are derelict in your duty. Your number one responsibility is to represent the wishes of your constituents, especially when that consensus is so clear. We also expect our Senator to demonstrate some independence and courage. You have failed miserably.

Dave Potter

North Hampton

 

Gaps

To the editor: Senator Ayotte voted against universal background checks for gun purchases. She claims instead that measures addressing such things as "mental health gaps in the criminal justice system" will do a better job protecting Americans from gun violence. But I don't get it: what good will filling in 'mental health gaps' do, if there is no requirement to undertake a background check that might undercover the now-gapless information? Information does little good if no one is looking for it.

Willem deVries

Northwood

 

Shame

To the editor: Senator Ayotte has rejected the 89% of her constituents who support expanded background checks. Now it is our chance to reject her. Let's make her one an done.

Peter Nealley

Dover

 

Common sense has abandoned the Senate

Wednesday, common sense failed in Washington and our own Sen. Ayotte was right in the thick of it. She voted right along with the likes of Sens. Thune, Coburn and Cruz. She had the chance to vote with senators with proven courage and common sense such as McCain, Collins and Toomey, all of whom bucked their party to close the loophole in which 20 to 40 percent of all gun purchases fall through, background checks. In other words, Sen. Ayotte voted to continue allowing Internet and gun show sales to avoid background checks, thus making it easy for criminals and terrorists to purchase guns unfettered.

Mark R. Ryder

Dover

 

Did Sen. Ayotte even read gun control bill?

Shame on you, Sen. Ayotte! Your outrageous vote Wednesday against "majority rule" guaranteed by our Constitution will not be forgotten. You put your personal political agenda over the welfare of the people. Not only did you insult the intelligence of the majority of your constituents, you insulted the thoughtful, responsible members of the National Rifle Association who own guns and understand that the background check bill in no way undermined any rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Did you even read the bill?

Jean L. Harrison

Rye

 

Congressional votes are bought and sold

Portsmouth Herald

Congress Inc., a market where votes are bought and sold, is an imaginary entity with ample reason for holding it in mind. A search for a new label for the country's central legislative body is merited when the desires of about 264 million people (80 percent of the population) for the enactment of methods to reduce easy purchasing of guns by inappropriate individuals are trampled by the lobbying efforts of the National Rifle Association, which boasts a maximum of 4.5 million members (1.3 percent).

John Pearson

Kittery Point, Maine

 

Ayotte not competent to represent us

Portsmouth Herald

This week's failure by the U.S. Senate to advance proposed bipartisan legislation to expand background checks on the sale of guns at gun shows and over the Internet has identified two problems that must be fixed. First, despite a majority of senators voting in favor of the bill, it failed because it did not reach 60 votes, as required under the Senate's super majority rules. There is no good reason why votes on proposed legislation in the Senate should not be approved by a simple majority vote, as occurs in the House of Representatives.

Michael Shea

Portsmouth

 

Sen. Ayotte sides with the powerful over the people

In Wednesday's session, the U.S. Senate defeated a bill that would require background checks prior to buying a gun. Once again, our lawmakers acted to condone violence. Once again, our lawmakers bowed to the wishes of the rich and powerful, and their lobbyists. A recent news article showed a Muslim-dressed individual telling his followers to go to the United States to buy guns, because it was easy to do so, and kill Americans. That is the attitude that is created by our lawmakers. What really got me was that this guy looked like an American dressed as a Muslim.

Dick Desrosiers

Hampton

 

Gun extremists will pay price for reaching too far

I am not a hunter or sport shooter, but I am a gun owner, and I feel that the Senate vote this week has done nothing but cripple the rights of everyday gun owners. The time for reasonable and responsible gun regulation is here, and it's incredible that the gun lobby doesn't see it and refuses to work to really protect Second Amendment rights. It may not be this Congress that enacts gun reform, or the next one, but that Congress will come.

Bill Nostrom

Newmarket

 

Without fear

To the editor: Background checks help keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Background checks help keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Background checks help keep guns out of the hands of angry people who are under a restraining order. Background checks help save the lives of innocent men, women and children. Background checks help keep guns in the hands of responsible, rational people - the "good guys." Ninety percent of the people in America want expanded background checks on gun purchases.

Cynthia Muse

Rye

 

If just one child is saved, new safeguards one guns will be well worth it

Individuals not "engaged in the business" of selling firearms can sell guns without a license - and without processing any paperwork. These "private sales" include guns sold at gun shows, through classified newspaper ads, the Internet, and between individuals virtually anywhere.

There is no one magic fix that will prevent death by firearms in our country, but we really need to be logical about common sense gun reforms. Background checks are common sense.

Senator Kelly Ayotte, who represents our state in Washington, has failed her constituents by voting against this common sense bill.

Cathy Merwin

Meredith

 

I am appalled & disgusted by Sen. Ayotte's vote against gun bill

As a resident of our very caring state of New Hampshire, as evidenced by the turnout for 26.4.26, I am appalled and disgusted that one of our senators, Kelly Ayotte, voted against this bill. Ninety percent of the people in the nation supported passage. She was well aware of the effort and tolls it had to have taken on the victim's families working with Washington bureaucrats despite their devastating losses. Never-the-less she still chose to shoot down the legislation and the families in favor the NRA. Does anyone honestly believe that Ms. Ayotte was representing a majority of New Hampshire residents with her vote? She sure as heck wasn't representing me, and for all who would agree, please remember that at voting time.

Everett McLaughlin

Gilford

 

Let's hope we'll vote Sen. Ayotte out of office next time she runs

Shame on Sen. Kelly Ayotte for voting to block gun safety reform. It's a disgrace that a small group of senators were able to block life-saving gun legislation. Background checks are common sense - and they work. If we are required to register our cars (which also occasionally kill), why shouldn't we be required to register our guns?  Sen. Ayotte decided to stand with the NRA's lobby for the profit of the gun industry, and reject expanded background checks, even though 89 percent of the people in New Hampshire supported it.

Charlotte Cox

Laconia

 

What works, what's broken

I have to agree with columnist Grant Bosse: The process in which members of the Senate got up and made speeches off prepared remarks and then voted worked just like it is supposed to. What didn't work was the democratic process: While well over 80 percent of Americans were in favor of the gun control bill, the senators who were supposed to be representing them voted it down. Just whom the senators were representing is the disturbing question. One only hopes that the voters will remember this blatant break of faith and that the democratic process will reassert itself and work come election time.

JON PEARSE

Concord

 

Ayotte's vote should propel her out of office

To Sen. Kelly Ayotte: Thank you for voting against gun safety. If it was truly a freely made decision, I respect your ability to make a choice. I hope your vote will propel you out of office. I hope your decision, along with those of the senators who voted alongside you, becomes a stimulant for even stronger legislation that protects citizens from unnecessary military-style weapons and clips while continuing to honor the Second Amendment.

DAVE BERGER

Concord

 

Reader disappointed in Ayotte's vote against gun control bill

I was disappointed but not surprised by Sen. Kelly Ayotte's vote against the bipartisan, compromise gun control bill in the U.S. Senate. Although the proposal was weak in many areas (no regulations on magazine capacity or assault weapons), it at least addressed an existing glaring loophole: the lack of background checks at gun shows and online sales. The NRA recently flipped on its past support of background checks, which apparently Sen. Ayotte also now considers too radical to adopt.

Andrew Mazer

Hollis

 

Simplistic thinking

I am so saddened the U.S. Senate is incapable of passing the compromise legislation for a universal gun background check. Every day we hear of a child or other family member being slaughtered with a gun. How could Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a mother and someone who served as New Hampshire attorney general and saw the toll of gun violence on our families and communities, have failed to support this bill?

DORIS HAMPTON

Canterbury

 

Yes, gun control absolutely works

There have been many great letters recently about our infamous senator, Kelly Ayotte, and her irresponsible vote to support the gun lobby, so I don't have to say any more on that. But I do want to respond to the line that "gun control just doesn't work" that I keep seeing. It is so overused and ridiculous. Of course it works - not 100 percent, but it saves lives and that is the point. No law is 100 percent effective.

GARY EVANS

Weare

 

Ayotte's ambition trumps her duties

How can Sen. Kelly Ayotte possibly say that she represents the interests of the citizens of New Hampshire when it was clear that the vast majority of those citizens (close to 90 percent) wanted her to support the expansion of background checks for gun purchases and she said "No"? Close to 90 percent of the American public wanted that bill to pass but, in spite of that, it was defeated.

PAUL BIDWELL

New London

 

Step down, Senator

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte should consider stepping down instead of killing any more bills the people (90 percent) are demanding. The good people of the great state of New Hampshire need to elect a U.S. senator who isn't controlled by GOP zealots the likes of the National Rifle Association and Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain.

MALCOLM GRAHAM ROGERS

Concord

 

Aligned with extremists

Once again, Sen. Kelly Ayotte has aligned herself with the extremists. Following her earlier attempt to assassinate the character of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, she has now bowed before the gun lobby and voted against extended background checks for gun buyers. This is the same Kelly Ayotte whose main claim to fame as New Hampshire attorney general was the successful prosecution of and death penalty sentence for Michael Addison.

JOHN F. ECKERT

Strafford