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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ayotte seeks solutions to prevent gun violence

Letter to the Editor

In the recent onslaught of negative ads against Sen. Kelly Ayotte I’ve been shocked to see out-of-state groups think they can flood our airways and New Hampshire will believe the distorted picture they try and paint.

These out-of-state groups, funded by billionaire mayors, forget that New Hampshire knows the real Ayotte and that’s why we overwhelmingly elected her. ...

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In the recent onslaught of negative ads against Sen. Kelly Ayotte I’ve been shocked to see out-of-state groups think they can flood our airways and New Hampshire will believe the distorted picture they try and paint.

These out-of-state groups, funded by billionaire mayors, forget that New Hampshire knows the real Ayotte and that’s why we overwhelmingly elected her.

We know that Ayotte is a thoughtful, reasoned voice for New Hampshire in Congress. We know that Ayotte is a mother of two young children, and a dedicated public servant who has served the people of New Hampshire as our state’s attorney general, working with law enforcement to prosecute and enforce our laws.

We know that Ayotte shares our concerns to prevent gun violence, and has the experience to focus on solutions that matter.

Ayotte’s legislation would have focused on fixing our broken background check system, instead of just expanding it. We know that her legislation would have afforded more resources to prosecute gun crimes and address the numerous mental illness gaps in our current system. It would have criminalized gun trafficking and straw purchases.

Regrettably, what all these out-of-state groups seem not to know is the people of New Hampshire. We applaud Ayotte for pursuing bipartisan legislation that would have worked toward preventing future tragedies by focusing on the root problems – not expanding an already broken system.

Peggy Foley

Deerfield