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Voice of the People

Feb. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Reason should rule in gun debate

I find it discouraging to see how divisive the issue of gun control has become. It should be discussed with reason, but that is not happening. None of us wants to see another tragic mass shooting, but measures need to be taken to try and prevent such occurrences.

The executive actions signed by President Obama are reasonable. These are beginning steps toward gun control. Some members of Congress question why he did not wait to work with Congress. That is easily answered -- members of Congress cannot agree on anything.

I have heard it said that a ban on assault weapons did not work when it was tried in the past -- but might it not work if tried again? Since the Sandy Hook tragedy, how can any of us not be willing to adopt measures to curb gun violence? Gun control is not about taking away a person's legally purchased guns. It's not about coming into someone's home and taking their guns. It's about preventing people who should not have assault weapons from purchasing them.

Do hunters need assault weapons? Who needs an assault weapon in his home? Who needs clips that hold massive amounts of ammunition? What reason is there for objecting to background checks on individuals who purchase weapons -- whether from legitimate gun dealers or at a gun show? Do you know that a person who wants to change his name from Smith or Jones must first have a thorough background check performed? However, that same person can go to a gun show and purchase whatever he fancies with no background check performed.

Please contact your state and federal representatives and tell them you are ready to see them stand up to the NRA and have the courage to enact reasonable measures regarding gun control.

Joy Powers

Huntington

Clinton dodges Benghazi questions

Some political science majors at Marshall University remain in awe of Hillary Clinton's recent verbal rope-a-dope beat-down of Congress at the televised Benghazi, Libya, hearings.

As Ernie Salvatore might have said, "Congress didn't lay a glove on her."

A friend working at the State Department marvels at her bobbing and weaving defense of all allegations of a cover-up.

As a boxing fan, I suggest future coverage of Hillary be delegated to the sports pages.

Don Baker

Huntington

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