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Duncan lacks empathy, competence

posted Sep 20, 2017, 11:43 AM by Ocdp Web

Letter in The Seneca Journal 9/20/17


S.C. Rep. Jeff Duncan put politics ahead of concern for his countrymen by voting against aid for those suffering from the ravages of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. These victims were and still are reeling from loss of life, loss of homes, loss of power, loss of businesses, lack of medical care and public health issues related to exposure to toxic chemicals, smoke inhalation and water-borne diseases. Fortunately, other Republicans chose to “Make America Great Again” by proceeding and succeeding with a bipartisan “yes” vote to help those in need.

What is important to Rep. Duncan? His SHARE Act to protect hearing loss of sportsmen by deregulating controls on gun silencers recently passed through the House Committee on Natural Resources to the House floor for vote, a bill which Rep. Duncan describes as “critical” legislation. This legislation is not “critical”; support for those devastated by Harvey and Irma is “critical.”

The need for a new law to protect the hearing of sportsmen is questionable. A hearing health care professional can help sportsmen select appropriate earplugs to prevent hearing loss. Furthermore, deregulating controls on silencers would make them more available on the street. Silencing gunshots in the street would make it hard to locate a shot, making crime more difficult to control.

During Rep. Duncan’s four terms in the House, only one of his bills has become law. His Congressional report card for 2014 also reflects a lack of competence (GovTrack.us). Perhaps the Third Congressional District needs a more effective representative in Washington — one who is more supportive of American values. The 2018 midterm election would be a good time to find one.

Carolyn S. Brown