Letter: Only Republicans can save their party

Published: 6/23/2022 10:30:59 AM
Modified: 6/23/2022 10:30:40 AM

A plea to Republicans – take back your party. Our democracy needs you.

Undeterred by the massacre of schoolchildren in Uvalde, Texas, their bodies so mutilated by an AR-15 that they were unrecognizable, New Hampshire's Republican legislators are sending a bill to Gov. Chris Sununu that would exempt the state from any federal gun-control bills passed by the U.S. Congress. Towns following new federal gun laws would face costly lawsuits filed by well- funded gun-rights absolutists.

The AR-15, once called "America's gun" by the National Rifle Association, was the weapon of choice by shooters at the following: Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida (17 killed); Las Vegas music festival (58 killed); Sutherland Springs, Texas, church (26 killed); Pulse Nightclub, Orlando (29 killed); San Bernadino, Calif., social services agency (14 killed); Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut (27 killed).

As for our democracy, polls consistently show a strong majority favor gun control. A recent Fox News poll found bipartisan support in the 80% range for background checks with a long waiting period to make them, raising assault-weapon ownership age from 18 to 21 and "red flag" laws that allow courts to remove guns from people deemed a threat to themselves or others.

Seventy-seven percent favored banning high-capacity ammunition clips, and 63% favored banning assault weapons. Nationwide, strong, bipartisan support ignored by our representatives.

Sununu has vetoed background checks, a three-day waiting period, expanding gun-free zones around schools and a license requirement for concealed carry. None is needed for open carry.

Only Republicans have the power to unseat the minority fringe hijacking the Grand Old Party of my parents' generation. The midterm elections arrive this November. Securing a Democratic majority would help move the country back from an Alice-down-the rabbit-hole craziness.

Francie Von Mertens



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