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April 19, 2013

Ayotte's vote puts her in the crossfire

Vote against gun reform plan prompts political criticism

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Meads said she understands the Second Amendment, but that AK-47s weren’t invented when the amendment was written.

“I don’t agree with her vote,” Brett LaBranche of Londonderry said. “Background checks will make a difference in access to guns and ammunition. They will provide protection that is not there now.”

LaBranche acknowledged the rights of gun owners, but said the nation is seeing an increase in gun violence.

Melissa Hoisington of Derry thought Ayotte made the right decision.

“I think bad people are going to have guns, regardless,” Hoisington said.

She admitted gun control is a tough call and she might feel differently if her child was shot.

“People tend to want to blame after what happened in Connecticut,” Hoisington said.

Ashley Wilson of Londonderry said she didn’t know enough about the issue to say whether Ayotte had made the right decision, but she’s sure about guns.

“I don’t know that it’s a good idea to keep guns out there as they have been, especially automatic weapons,” she said. “Guns should be more restricted, 100 percent.”

Dan Beaulieu of Derry said he is neutral on the issue.

“I believe people should have a right to defend themselves,” Beaulieu said. “But automatic weapons belong to the military, not on the street.”

Jeanne Tashro of Londonderry said she has friends on both sides of the issue, though she personally doesn’t like guns.

“I can see multi-round guns being banned,” Tashro said.

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