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Statement: “I believe that restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners will not prevent a deranged individual or criminal from obtaining and misusing firearms to commit violence. While steps must be taken to improve the existing background check system, I will not support the Manchin-Toomey legislation, which I believe would place unnecessary burdens on law-abiding gun owners and allow for potential overreach by the federal government into private gun sales.” This could well be the death knell for the bill. Watch this space. Again, click here for live coverage of the Senate debate.

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    • It’s really going to be close as of this morning… 52 Senators in favor of Toomey-Manchin, 6 undecided and that leaves us with 6-8 potential last minute flip flops….

      Too close for my liking. I called again today…

  1. This tweet just came across and oh boy does it just ooze with ignorance and stupidity:

    Murphy (D-CT) now: bckgrd chcks opposition can’t be written off to gun lobby. “Some ppl really believe we should go back to the wild west.”— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) April 17, 2013

    Illustrating Chicago’s Murders, Homicides, Violence and Idiocy at

    • If the Wild West means allowing law-abiding Americans the rights to possess the means for self defense and defense of liberty, then hell yeah.

    • The “wild west” was safer than that era’s New York. Just as pro-gun states today are infinitely safer than “civilized” cities.

  2. Good. I was pissed when I saw her name on that negative post the other day. I expect senators in this great state to compose themselves better than that.

    • Senator Ayotte is a stand up lady. I wrote all the NH reps including Gov Hassan more than a few times during all this uproar since Newtown. She was the only one to write me back. I am glad she is my Senator.
      Rob Drummond
      Hillsboro, NH

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