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Jun. 25, 2013 @ 11:25 PM

Applaud Manchin for stance on guns

The National Rifle Association is running an advertising campaign to smear Sen. Joe Manchin for trying to do what 90 percent of the public wants done: background checks for gun buyers.

I am proud that our senator has demonstrated he cannot be bought by such a radical organization that used campaign contributions to bribe members of Congress to support its agenda.

The NRA's scare rhetoric about the Second Amendment is so ridiculous that most people can see through the faulty logic and half-truths.

I wonder what our founding fathers would think about an organization that can intimidate our congressmen to vote against what the people who elect them want by withholding large amounts of funds for their campaigns.

Sadly, what we are realizing is that many congressmen, upon getting elected, have as their main priority getting elected again.

In the June 13th article in The Herald-Dispatch, "NRA focuses new commercial at Manchin over gun stance," the NRA asks viewers to contact Manchin's office and tell him "to honor his commitment to the 2nd Amendment."

I suggest we call Manchin's office to thank him for his work on gun control and safety legislation. In the article, Manchin clearly states his view of the situation: "Unfortunately, the NRA leadership in Washington has lost its way and is more concerned about political power than gun rights and gun safety."

Willard Hunter

Huntington

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