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Apr. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Congress failing to protect America

"Obama's going to take our guns and ammo, and then send drones to shoot us in the streets!"

Never in 73 years have I heard such ignorance voiced in America. A friend asked me where he might find more ammunition for his guns; it seems that everyone has sold out. The NRA and arms manufacturers are greedily rubbing their hands together as supposedly intelligent people rush about stockpiling for Doomsday.

I was ashamed watching one of two "silly senators" from Kentucky, Rand Paul, standing on the floor of the Senate and rambling on about using drones to kill Americans within the United States. He must have watched "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" the night before and thought he might get some free publicity.

The well-being of the United States is the farthest thing from the minds of elected Republicans, that black man in the White House being the sole object of their attention. They pointedly ignore that he was elected for a second term by a majority of the American public.

Television commercials were being shown warning Senator Manchin not to support the banning of assault rifles and oversized ammunition magazines. The NRA and gun lobby are working feverishly to continue business as usual.

While an idiot dictator in North Korea is threatening a nuclear attack, and another dictator in Syria is in danger of unleashing chemical and bacterial weapons, the Congressional Republicans and a few weak-kneed Democrats are willing to allow the United States to collapse into financial ruin. The true measure of a public servant is their willingness to compromise, to place the common good above their own ambition.

In 2014 there will be another election, and the voters of America will clearly remember the do-nothing Congress now in office. That will be their Doomsday!

John Wesley Ray

Huntington

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