CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha, appears well-spoken and intelligent, but is in fact a disgrace to himself and to our state. His insistence that he knows best and must ensure that our local community here in Charleston is awash in guns means he is the worst example of elected leadership that could occur.
Lane has humiliated himself and our state. By destroying Charleston's gun safety laws, he has deterred enlightened people from moving into our area. Why? Because he panders to a political lobby that would rather have a gun than a job. Is he afraid of losing an election? Does he want to be known as a lifetime politician who puts his need to get elected ahead of the people's need to feel safe? Wouldn't he prefer to feel proud of who he is and not be known as a panderer?
I know all the arguments for and against gun control. I've covered politicians and political issues for years. Lane represents the worst in elected leadership -- the politician more concerned about his own well being than that of the people.
Liberals have contempt for 2nd Amendment
The true purpose and origins of the Second Amendment and the other amendments in the Bill of Rights is being virtually totally ignored in the mainstream debate, from Wayne LaPierre to Dianne Feinstein. The opinion column by Elliot M. Namay Jr., which basically presents the Gazette's position, stands reality on its head.
The Bill of Rights was inserted in the Constitution as a result of popular pressures and upheavals which to a considerable extent the Founding Fathers were trying to ignore, but wound up having to concede ground to. All of the first 10 amendments concern equality before the law that was stated in the Declaration of Independence.
The real original purpose of the Second Amendment was to have a national militia instead of a permanent standing army of the Prussian mode. What happened later is to a considerable extent what Namay says -- that it got twisted and perverted into a White Southern racist agenda. But its original purpose as proposed was to democratize the actual work of government: in the first instance, the use of force.
Neither the right wing nor liberals in fact support the first 10 amendments, which if enforced would radically alter the way the U.S. government functions. But liberals are taking the initiative in getting rid of the Second Amendment. In doing so, they are exposing their underlying elitism and contempt for the concept of equality under the law.
Thorn C. Roberts
GOP must stop obstructing government
Thanks to Republican obstructionism in Congress, the nation was forced into sequester -- a series of automatic and destructive budgets cuts that you and your neighbors are just beginning to feel.
In the face of these devastating cuts, House Speaker John Boehner went on TV and said, "I don't know whether it's going to hurt the economy or not ... I don't think anyone quite understands how the sequester is really going to work."