An acceptable, reasonable, constitutional response should include measures to improve security at public schools, and to allow information concerning mentally disturbed individuals deemed capable of harming themselves or others to be furnished to the database used for firearms background checks.
West Virginians hold the Bill of Rights, especially the Second Amendment, to be sacred. We expect our representatives to vigorously oppose laws that infringe upon the Second Amendment.
We also expect our representatives to take all actions necessary to thwart efforts by the executive branch to bypass Congress and infringe upon our rights through executive order.
Our Founding Fathers anticipated attacks on the basic rights of individuals when they drafted the Constitution.
As Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
West Virginians deserve both liberty and safety, and we will fight to keep both.
Timothy E. Comer