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May 1, 2013

Your View: Senate vote thwarted will of people

The will of the people was totally ignored in this last Senate vote. By voting against the expanded background check bill — with close to 90 percent of the people wanting gun reform — the Senate let down the American public.

Expanded background checks are the minimum of what this country should pass to protect our families and communities.

Ideally, we would also pass a ban on high-capacity magazines and assault weapons, and strengthen laws against trafficking in guns.

Also, work on the mental health issue in this country, utilizing the mental health professionals expertise in this field.

Keep in mind women will go to the polls at the next elections. We are mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, wives and we are voters. We will lead this country to do the right thing to ensure the legislators realize who voted them in was the people and not special interest groups.

This is not a call for a total ban on guns and not to be construed as going against the Second Amendment, where the right to bear arms was to protect us from intruders and the government when necessary, but to protect us from the senseless violence that has become seemingly more prevalent in these trying times.

People say, as the NRA has taught them, you will only get my gun from “my cold dead hands” because the government is going to come and dictate to all of us.

To ask for tighter gun control is only, in my opinion, in the best interest of our children and the United States citizens.


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