Senators: background checks needed

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dear Editor,
It is beyond my ability to comprehend the logic Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Tim Scott used in voting against expanding background checks for gun purchasers.
Have they each forgotten the incident that occurred in February when a 28-year-old woman attempted to kill and wound school officials and students outside of Ashley Hall School in Charleston?  According to police reports, the potential shooter legally purchased the gun a few days prior to going to the school.  It is impossible to know how many lives would have been lost or shattered had she succeeded with her plan. It was a trick of fate that her gun failed to discharge into students and administrators that day.
Senator Graham said in the February 14, 2013 edition of the Post and Courier that “The Ashley Hall Incident Shows (a) Broken System.”   Please explain how, Senator Graham, and you, Senator Scott and the other Senators who voted “nay” intend to fix the nation's “broken system.”
On that Monday in February 2013, carnage nearly came to Charleston.  Our nearby beautiful city came very close to joining the ranks of the long and growing list of cities and towns tarnished by bloodshed.  These senseless deaths and injuries break our hearts all too often.
Most of us push niggling anxieties away. We chide ourselves. Nothing can happen here? Right?  We have enough to worry about today.
But, are our children safe at school? Do we accept the risk of attending an informative political rally?  Is it possible to enjoy a movie without looking around the theater rather than at the movie screen? Should we choose restaurant seating that lets us observe the people entering? Is it safe to simply walk down the streets of our cities and towns without the possibility of dodging a hail of bullets from a drive-by shooting?
Please share your strategies with the public Senators. And by all means, implement your grand solutions to this bloody impasse before more lives are lost or devastated.
Carole Reno Brier
Axtell Drive


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