, Derry, New Hampshire

May 9, 2013

Letter: Thank you, Sen. Ayotte, for protecting our rights

Derry News

---- — To the editor:

On Tuesday, Erica Lafferty, daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, attacked Sen. Kelly Ayotte for not supporting a gun control proposal that everyone agreed would not have prevented the Sandy Hook massacre.

There is no credible evidence that this proposal would save ANY life, but it would make it more difficult for law-abiding people to protect themselves, and it would make criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens who don’t harm anyone but who intentionally or by accident ignore the law.

There are laws against every use of a gun to unjustifiably harm others, yet liberals and other gun control advocates demand more laws which will just make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves, their families, and other innocent people.

Let’s imagine that the principal of Sandy Hook and her daughter were conservatives rather than liberals, Then Sen. Ayotte might have heard the following:

Sen. Ayotte, thank you for coming today. My mother was the principal at Sandy Hook and died trying to protect the children in her charge. The children and adults at Sandy Hook did not need to die.

My mother was a trained pistol marksman with a concealed carry permit. She met monthly at the range to practice shooting with the third-grade teacher who was also a concealed carry permit holder and who sadly also died. The school janitor is retired military and an avid hunter.

Laws and policies made Sandy Hook a “gun-free zone,” but Adam Lanza didn’t care. So, my mother, five of her staff and 20 innocent children died because they were defenseless targets in a gun-free zone.

Thousands of Americans in gun-free zones have become defenseless victims of people who obviously don’t care about our laws or gun-free zone signs. If Sandy Hook had not been a gun-free zone, I believe that my mother would have saved all those lives. If she failed, others would have been alerted and perhaps could have saved most lives.

My questions to you are: Why isn’t Congress repealing the gun-free zones law that has made thousands of Americans victims but not saved a single life? Why isn’t Congress discussing laws that keep violent people off our streets? Why doesn’t’ Congress make it easier for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves, especially when faced with real immediate threats? Why does Congress spend so much time on gun controls that only make life safer for criminals, not for law-abiding citizens?

Thank you, Sen. Ayotte, for your vote to protect law abiding citizens.

Don Ewing