Shame on Senator for Voting Against Background Checks for Gun Purchases

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Target: New Hampshire Senator, Kelly Ayotte

Goal: Condemn state representatives failing to represent the majority voice of constituents who support gun control.

New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte voted no on provisions to expand background checks to more gun buyers and a host of other gun control measures. Despite multiple polls showing immense majority support within her state, Ayotte voted against the legislation. Please sign this petition reminding Ayotte that she is voting as a public servant and state representative to the people of New Hampshire, not an individual with a private agenda.

Republican Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire’s junior senator, is facing both backlash and support following her controversial vote against gun-control legislation. Ayotte was a key high-profile vote against the bipartisan plan to expand the national gun-background-check program, which recently failed in the Senate. A coordinated effort by gun control groups to turn her vote into a political liability is countered by loud applause from the National Rifle Association (NRA), who has even made a commercial thanking Ayotte for her support.

Gun-control groups have deployed organizers not only to New Hampshire, but to other states as well in hopes of shaming the moderate senators of both parties who voted against the expanded background-check plan. So why is Ayotte falling under so much scrutiny? Ayotte voted in direct opposition to overwhelming majority support for gun-control legislation by her constituents. One poll this year showed that almost 95 percent of New Hampshire residents support background checks. “Almost nine in ten (88%) of New Hampshire adults strongly support this proposal, 6% favor it somewhat, and only 5% oppose it. Even 83% of gun owners favor this proposal,” according to a WMUR Granite State Poll conducted in February.

Kelly Ayotte is an elected official appointed to represent the voice of her constituents: New Hampshire voters. Ayotte has failed to represent the majority of her constituents and is instead voting based on personal agenda. Please sign this petition condemning Ayotte’s vote against expanded background checks in the face of majority citizen support for the measure.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Ayotte,

Your recent vote against expanding the national gun-background-check program was a slap in the face to your New Hampshire constituents, and a failure for you as a public servant and elected official. Despite overwhelming majority support for the measure by New Hampshire citizens and voters, you decided to vote based on your own agenda. I am writing to condemn your vote and question your motives as a state representative.

Now that the legislative session is over, you have returned to New Hampshire for a series of town hall meetings. At each meeting you have been faced with new constituent anger and a coordinated effort by gun control groups to turn your vote into political liability. Despite your highly regulated town hall process where questions are pre-approved and spontaneity is silenced, many gun control supporters have snuck through. You’ve thwarted those supporters by blaming mental health, rather than access to guns and explained the burden you are trying to avoid for gun store owners. Even in the face of Erica Lafferty, whose mother, Dawn, was gunned down in Newtown, you provide vague reasoning for your no vote, despite the overwhelming support from constituents.

You were the only senator from the Northeast to vote no on the measure. New Hampshire has a long tradition of support for gun rights; one poll this year showed that almost 95 percent of New Hampshire residents support background checks. “Almost nine in ten (88%) of New Hampshire adults strongly favor this proposal, 6% favor it somewhat, and only 5% oppose it. Even 83% of gun owners favor this proposal,” says a WMUR Granite State Poll conducted in February. Despite this overwhelming majority support from New Hampshire citizens and voters, you decided to vote no.

Despite the backlash from your residents and declining popularity, at least you know you have one organization on your side: the National Rifle Association (NRA). The NRA and other pro-gun groups are thanking you for your support and vote against gun-control measures. Maybe they will help you to get re-elected too.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes via Flickr

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