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Letters | GUN­-CONTROL MEASURE DEFEATED

Senators rejected will of people in favor of gun lobby

President Obama hugged Nicole Hockley, who lost her son Dylan at Newtown, Conn., after he spoke at a news conference the White House Wednesday about the defeat of a gun-control bill in the Senate.

Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

President Obama hugged Nicole Hockley, who lost her son Dylan at Newtown, Conn., after he spoke at a news conference the White House Wednesday about the defeat of a gun-control bill in the Senate.

I find it hard to put into words the depth of my disappointment with those in the Senate, Democrats and Republicans alike, who failed to vote the will of 90 percent of the American public they represent, and sent the compromise legislation to expand mandatory background checks to defeat (“Wider checks on guns rejected,” Page A1, April 18).

It’s bad enough that the measure was a watered-down version that left open the ability to make private sales to friends and family, given that those are the people who are more likely to overlook a felony here or a mental illness there. What is worse is that those who voted against the amendment basically thumbed their noses at the Newtown, Conn., parents who were present in the gallery to watch the vote.

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I urge every American to take a hard look at every senator who chose to ignore the will of the people in favor of the gun lobby and gun manufacturers when it comes time to go to the polls, be it 2014 or 2016.

R. Furman

Needham

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