- The Washington Times - Friday, May 3, 2013

I would like to think that the gun bill didn’t pass the Senate because senators represent the people (“Collateral damage of Senate gun votes: liberals emboldened, Bloomberg targets moderates,” Commentary, April 24). When people are elected to Congress, their trusted obligation is to protect the rights, freedoms and liberty not only of the 300-million-plus current U.S. citizens, but also of the millions not yet born. It’s an awesome responsibility.

Almost every bill that passes through Congress lately would take away rights, freedom or liberty. Once these are taken away, they are almost impossible to restore. Members of Congress must make sure that any bill they vote for will accomplish what it’s intended to accomplish and can be used for nothing else.

From what I’ve gleaned from the little we’ve seen of what is in those bills, these measures would not do anything to prevent a single mass killing. Perhaps after being suckered into voting for the abominable Obamacare bill without considering the harm to the economy, employment, cost or even the quality of health care, our lawmakers are now being more cautious. The health care bill alone demonstrates that the best of intentions can create terrible law. Senators may be trying to regain our trust. Let’s hope they will continue to vote responsibly and with consideration for all rights, freedoms and liberty.

JAMES HONTZ


Riverdale, Md.