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Gun story needed local Senators’ votes

04/18/2013 2:48 PM

05/20/2014 10:42 AM

Readers have been contacting me in recent days expressing their interest in the Senate’s progress on proposed changes to the nation’s firearms laws. While the discusstion of any topic touching on gun control can get heated, polls indicate that a sizeable majority of Americans of all political affiliations support at least universal background checks for people purchasing guns.

So it’s not a surprise to me that I’m hearing voices today criticizing The Star’s main news story in the print edition for not printing the names of at least the senators from Missouri and Kansas who voted against the package.

“I don’t expect you to have to print what every (senator) voted on,” said one caller. “And I see that the editorial in the Opinion section listed them. But since newspapers are supposed to keep us informed, please tell your editors that this information belonged on the front page.”

I can’t disagree. For the record, this is how senators representing The Star’s coverage area voted:

NO : Pat Roberts (R, Mo.), Jerry Moran (R, Kan.), Roy Blunt (R, Mo.)

YES: Claire McCaskill (D, Mo.)

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