Readers Write (April 19): Senate gun vote

  • Updated: April 18, 2013 - 6:24 PM

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(Note to readers: Since Wednesday afternoon, most of the letters received have been in response to the U.S. Senate’s defeat of measures to expand gun control. Among those, the overwhelming sentiment has been disappointment or disgust with the Senate’s inaction and the forces that brought it about. Below is a sampling. - David Banks, Assistant Commentary Editor)

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Will of the people has been ignored

The top headline on March 18 read “Senate delivers stunning defeat to Obama on guns.” Wrong. It should have read “Senate delivers stunning defeat to the American people on guns.”

Most polls showed that more than 60 percent of the American people favored stricter background checks — and even, according to the Military Times (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines), 73 percent of the active armed forces favored universal background checks for all weapons transfers.

This had nothing to do with the Second Amendment. Plain and simple, the majority of the Senate paid obeisance to thugs, crazies, criminals and druggies. Shame on them.

Col. Tim Hunt (retired), Fergus Falls, Minn.

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The front-page picture of the president with two supporters is a classic picture of political defeat, but also a classic picture of governmental victory for the American people by speaking out.

Calvin W. Vraa, Bloomington

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The April 18 editorial citing the “shameful day for the U.S. Senate” was indeed interesting. How dare senators vote down ineffective “feel good” legislation!

Of course, the NRA is the heavy once more. Its “campaign of distortion” was vilified, but no explanation given as to what was distorted. I’ve never owned or even fired a gun, but understand the concerns of gun owners — each measure will lead to a more restrictive one, with a total ban the ultimate goal.

What I find “shameful” is the Editorial Board’s unwillingness to even question the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s failure to produce a budget for three years, thereby shirking the Senate’s constitutional mandate. Or the total aversion to any budget cut whatsoever as we hurtle along toward economic meltdown.

The list goes on and on, but with a Democratic Senate and president, the Star Tribune will find “selective” shame, I’m sure.

Ted Ehrlich, Hopkins

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