Legal gun owners treated as criminals
Seventy-five percent of all handguns and half of all long guns purchased by legal gun owners are common, modern, semi-automatic firearms. They are not military-grade, fully automatic assault weapons.
If Sen. Dianne Feinstein's "assault weapons" bill passes, it would ban the sale, transfer, importation and manufacture of 120 specifically named semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and handguns, along with all detachable magazines holding more than 10 rounds and having at least one "military characteristic" - which could mean just about anything that makes a gun "look scary."
It would force owners of all "grandfathered" weapons to undergo an intrusive background check and unnecessary fingerprinting. It would also force them to federally register their grandfathered guns after obtaining local law enforcement permits showing that their guns are not in violation of state or local law.
Logically, the ban would lead to federal registration of all firearms, their eventual confiscation, and demise of the Second Amendment and the legitimate firearms industry in our county.
In a nutshell, the ban views all law-biding citizens as potential criminals and treats them as such. To lump law-abiding citizens in with criminals and crazy people who use firearms illegally is unconstitutional, intellectually dishonest and morally corrupt.
Von Albert Ehman
Veterans will miss Sen. Rockefeller
What a sad day for our veterans in West Virginia that Sen. Rockefeller is retiring. He is one of the best senators who goes above and beyond for our veterans. Who's going to stand in the gap for us now?
We veterans pray that another Democrat that cares for us and treats all veterans equally will run. Especially we hope that their office staff will have proper etiquette when it comes to addressing veterans and their needs when they visit the office.
If there's anyone who can run against Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, please do so. I don't see her having the needs of veterans to heart. Please think about how we are being mistreated already and what an emotional rollercoaster it would be if she becomes senator. It's just another notch for her to put in her belt with no concern for us veterans.