Gun rights usually are associated with partisan battles over ownership and carrying weapons. But Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is fighting for the right to shoot them.
Manchin joined nine other senators to push the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014. Its provisions include maintaining and expanding hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on federal lands, including the building of shooting ranges.
The bill also would exempt lead tackle and bullets from the Toxic Substances Control Act.
In a state with a million deer and more than 10,000 bears, game management is essential. It is heartening to see senators work for the nation rather than their individual parties.
Some critics complain that 62 U.S. senators are millionaires, including both of West Virginia's. President Obama also is a multi-millionaire.
The contention is that their wealth puts them out of touch with the public, but evidence is thin that the 38 non-millionaires are in better touch with the public. Indeed, supporters of Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller long pointed out that his wealth put him above temptation.
The question is whether the nation wants to be represented by successful people or not. Voters repeatedly have preferred success.