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N.H. senator let our guard down with vote on background checks

I find it ironic that US Senator Kelly Ayotte is questioning the national security ramifications of reading the suspected marathon bomber his Miranda rights (“Failure to call Tsarnaev enemy combatant hampers probe,” Op-ed, May 1), particularly when the New Hampshire Republican was the only New England senator to vote against background checks, in a vote that was a significant blow to public safety.

Between 2004 and 2010, individuals on terrorist watch lists tried to buy guns and explosives more than 1,400 times, according the Government Accountability Office. Even more disturbing is that these people were successful more than 90 percent of the time.

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