Sen. Manchin doesn’t get it

Joe Manchin still doesn’t get it. He can’t fathom the reality that West Virginians are livid about his unwavering support of Barack Obama and his left-wing Democrats in their unconstitutional quest at further restricting the free exercise of Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Both are shamefully taking a tragic event and using it to further their political agendas by grandstanding and self-aggrandizing.

Manchin continues reassuring West Virginians that “nobody is after their guns,” while doggedly working with these anti-gun extremists. The battle now is to ban so-called “assault weapons,” high-capacity clips and to expand backgrounds checks (backdoor registration) to include private sales.

Manchin obviously agrees that lawful Americans cannot be trusted. Weapons are only “assault weapons” when in the hands of criminals. When in the hands of law-abiding American citizens, they are “defensive weapons.”

It’s obvious to even the densest, anti-gun zealot that criminals pay no heed to gun-control laws. Therefore, it’s apparent the quest for more anti-gun legislation is to disarm lawful citizens and does nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. The facts are irrefutable; gun-control legislation disarms or makes criminals of lawful Americans, but does nothing to disarm criminals or reduce violence or murders of innocent people. The free exercise of American rights under the Second Amendment does not cause violence.

Criminals depend upon government to disarm the public, which allows them unrestricted domination of our streets, neighborhoods and cities. U.S. cities with the strictest gun laws have the highest crime and murder rates. Witness the cities of Chicago, Washington, Detroit, Baltimore and on and on.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to ban 157 different models of defensive weapons, as well as magazines containing more than 10 rounds. However, the liberals and the media, including Manchin, claim that “nobody is trying to take away our guns.” Every Democrat on the committee voted for the ban, while every Republican voted against the ban.

The new Democratic Party is a mortal enemy of gun owners and the Second Amendment. The NRA should take heed of this when they endorse a Democrat for office.

Sen. Manchin never once points out that the Second Amendment is not about hunting but about self-defense. It’s obvious there are those who “are after our guns.”

When liberal-progressive government controls people’s lives, they keep citizens disarmed, uneducated, indoctrinated and dependent. Tell them to back off!

Jim Mullen

Parkersburg