Letter: Failed Senate gun vote is cowardice in tragedy

We are a society that is quick to look for heroes and heroic acts when tragedy strikes. Understandably, it makes us feel hopeful through the despair over the loss of loved ones as a result of tragic events like the massacre in Newtown, Conn., and the bombings in Boston. And that’s good.

Perhaps it would be equally useful and cathartic to identify acts of cowardice, such as the April 17 failure to get the requisite 60 votes in the U.S. Senate that would require enhanced background checks for people purchasing a gun. Shame on you, senators, for caving into special interests.

Michel L. Spitzer

Jamaica Plain  

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