To the Editor:
It was unconscionable that Craig Parisot, the challenger for the 34th House District, evaded a question at the McLean Citizens Association debates concerning his position on the gun shop opening for business next to an elementary school in McLean. This issue has aroused considerable public concern in the last few weeks. For a candidate to be unwilling to take a stand on such a safety-related issue should disqualify him from office. In stark contrast, Del. Kathleen Murphy has consistently opposed this gun shop location. She spoke passionately in support of the many parents who are alarmed about how this business could affect the safety of their children at the school.
Parisot's response to the question? "Check my website.” Really? Such a preposterous response is disrespectful to the audience. (I did check and found nothing related to gun safety). It was obvious that he did not want to jeopardize his National Rifle Association (NRA) supporters, and had no intention going on the record opposing the gun shop location. This obeisance to the NRA is shameful. We must re-elect Delegate Kathleen Murphy.
Michael P. Fruitman