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Letter: The best and worst of America

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:50 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:23 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

It was the best of America; it was the worst of America in two American cities last week.

In Boston, after the horrific marathon bombing, some Americans ran toward something – the blast scene, and not away from people in need, to offer help. They represent the best of America.

In Washington, some Americans also ran toward something, but it wasn't people in need. The 41 GOP senators, and 4 Democratic senators who voted to shut down debate on sensible gun control ran toward the money they receive from the NRA to maintain their lavish political lifestyle. In so doing, they ran away from the vast majority of Americans seeking relief from horrific everyday carnage caused, in part, from virtually unlimited access to hundreds of millions of guns, including war-worthy weaponry and billions of bullets, many nestled in high capacity clips.

Their job descriptions specify these senators must represent the interests of the citizens of their state to promote the general good. Those job descriptions may as well contain a stamp marked, "This job description NRA approved." They represent the worst of America.

Walt Zlotow

Glen Ellyn

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