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Steve Hedman, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Published May 03 2013

Letter: Votes blocked useless measure

Thank you, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., for your vote to block the feel- good legislation that was-being pushed in the Senate. Our senators from Minnesota fell in lockstep with those who thought that passing meaningless legislation would give everyone a warm fuzzy feeling of security and completely disregard the problem that ties all of the recent tragedies (mental health) was the politically correct thing to do.

Mental health is the issue no matter how you cut it, and jumping on the bandwagon of gun control is just an easy way out to appease those who have an agenda that is not friendly to our liberties.

Heitkamp and Hoeven did not vote “no” on stopping gun violence. They voted “no” on legislation that would do nothing to curb the type of violence we have had lately. Adding new laws that do nothing is worse than doing nothing at all, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to avoid some of these tragedies. At least one of these senseless killings could have been averted had authorities in Colorado listened to the warnings of the psychiatrist who said the killer at the theater in Aurora was dangerous. Instead they passed some more gun laws that will only affect the law-abiding residents of Colorado.

It has been said, even by the main proponent of the bill that the U.S. Senate blocked – Vice President Joe Biden – that this bill wouldn’t have done anything to stop the Sandy Hook massacre, but we have to do something. This type of thinking is exactly why we need some better problem solvers in charge.

I hope that someone will step to the plate and offer solutions that work instead of dragging victims’ families in front of the cameras to incite a knee-jerk response that creates divisiveness in our country.