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Published on -4/19/2013, 10:26 AM

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Lawful gun owners like myself and others should be upset that our two senators voted Wednesday to weaken our gun rights and make it easier for criminals and terrorists to obtain weapons illegally.

How so? Well, I actually read the legislation (I doubt either Jerry Moran or Pat Roberts did), and I'll cite several parts of it, among others, that would have been very positive for lawful gun owners.

First, it would have strengthened the rights of qualified veterans (I am one) to own weapons. Moran and Roberts voted against this.

Second, the bill would have made it a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison for the improper use and storage by anyone of gun background check records. This would have helped to prevent any gun registry (which I oppose) from being developed. Moran and Roberts voted against making it a felony to misuse gun records.

Third, the bill would have made it much easier for legal gun owners to transport their weapons across state lines (which is a mess of various state laws right now). Moran and Roberts voted against making it easier to transport legal weapons across the country.

Fourth, the bill would have made it much more difficult for terrorists and criminals to get guns. Terrorist training videos actually instruct recruits to go to gun shows in the United States or online to get weapons because they probably won't be checked out. Moran and Roberts voted to continue to make it easy for terrorists and criminals to get weapons at gun shows or online with which they may commit crimes and perhaps kill Americans.

I could continue with all of the positive features of the bill that would have strengthened our gun rights, but I would urge you to go to the website of Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and read about the bill yourself.

Sen. Toomey, by the way, is a strong conservative and has an A rating with the NRA. If you are a reasonable and sensible gun owner like myself or if you don't own weapons at all, I am sure you will amazed and perhaps outraged that Sens. Moran and Roberts voted against the bill. In voting against the bill, they also voted against the wishes of about 90 percent of we, the public, and it showed they both lacked the courage to really face this difficult issue.

I guess they just figured none of us would read the bill so they'd vote against our wishes even if it did benefit us. Politics as usual, you know?

Write or email both of them and tell them how disappointed and disgusted you are with their negative vote on this bill that would have strengthened our Second Amendment rights. If for no other reason, lawful gun owners and non gun owners alike owe it to the victims and families of gun tragedies in Newtown and elsewhere.

Joe Thomasson

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