In the face of the mindless slaughter on Indiana streets, U.S. Dan Coats, R-Ind., joined the "gang of 14" and filibuster the bipartisan background check legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Since his election to the U.S. Senate in November 2010, I seriously doubt Coats has appeared at a single public event in Gary. This may explain his gross ignorance regarding the number of people who have been killed every year in our city. For the most part, they are killed with guns.
Nevertheless, surely the senator or a member of his staff reads the local newspapers, which document in excruciating detail the gun carnage we are forced to endure as a community. Yet Coats chose to join the NRA and other greedy, unethical senators by voting against all legislation aimed at reducing the killing.
Thank you to Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., for his courageous votes in support of reasonable, common-sense gun control.
- Richard Gordon Hatcher, Gary