Voice of the people
Any gun control goes against the Constitution
I am appalled at the naiveté of H-D writers supporting Sen. Joe Manchin and condemning the defeat of gun-control legislation in Congress.
Part of the "oath of office" sworn by members of Congress is: "I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." The Second Amendment to that Constitution states, in part: "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
My dictionary says "infringed" means "to encroach upon IN ANY WAY." Restricting the rights of Americans to own certain arms or requiring them to register arms clearly "infringes" on Second Amendment rights. It was ratified Dec. 15, 1791. Most of the "founding fathers" were still alive and vocal:
"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." -- George Washington
"The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -- Thomas Jefferson
My opinion is that any member of Congress voting in favor of ANY form of gun control is violating their oath of office. "We, the people" need to throw them out of office at the next opportunity. That would include Joe Manchin.
I believe the majority of West Virginians still "support and defend" the Constitution. It's time for the 52 percent of us who have not been voting to get off their butts and start helping elect representatives who actually represent "our" values. We need senators who represent "us" instead of voting their personal agendas and then try to mislead us by carrying a deer rifle in TV ads. Start paying attention to how the politicians are voting and who they are associating with.
Robert L. Fischer Sr.
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