Banning guns won't stop massacres
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As a former Charleston resident (left in 1967) I'd like to comment on Sen. Joe Manchin's comments regarding gun control. Manchin made a quick, emotional and not-well-substantiated remark following the Newtown tragedy. In his haste to jump on the emotional bandwagon, he said he didn't know anyone who needed an assault-type rifle for hunting.
Manchin has missed the entire point of the Second Amendment. Perhaps he should read it as well as study the background that led to its adoption. Nowhere in the Second Amendment is hunting mentioned or even alluded to. A quick read of history should easily divulge the fact that the reason for allowing the people to "keep and bear arms" was so that the people would have the ability to protect themselves from others and even from a tyrannical government.
All too often we seem to rely upon emotions rather than laws. It is, also, seemingly popular to react quickly instead of taking a reasoned path to a proper response. Clearly, no one wants to see any repeats of what happened in Connecticut and other places. More laws, however, and acting quickly are not the solutions. Look what we've gotten ourselves into by passing Obamacare quickly and without reading the bill. Banning guns will not succeed. You've likely heard all the reasoning for that position. In China and Japan, similar travesties have been carried out with knives.
Richard P. Blatchord
Mount Airy, Md.
Veterans appreciate Sen. Rockefeller
As a disabled veteran and advocate who stands in the gap for our veterans in making sure that none are forgotten or left behind, I have a very important message for Sen. Jay Rockefeller. I would like to tell him that the veterans, their families and I really appreciate him. I also want to express how we veterans need him to never stop what he is doing for us. We are praying that he will continue to be one of our senators.
I really appreciate him and he has always shown me respect. No matter how busy he was, he has taken the time to stop and chat with me. Last December when I was in Washington on my 48 U.S. States Labor of Love Veteran's Awareness drive, how his office treated me so very respectfully and hospitability. I can truthfully say that none of his staff has ever dissed me.
That is unlike a few in Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's office, including her. I was saddened that she is running for senator. The way she has treated me as a veteran she could treat all veterans equally.