Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 23, 2013

Manchin sensible on gun control issue

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— I want to publicly thank Sen. Joe Manchin for his sensible position on the gun control issue. I first took notice of Mr. Manchin when he was governor of West Virginia. I felt he did a very good job for the state. Many years of observing politics and politicians, regardless of party, has led me to the conclusion that a truly capable political leader is the exception, rather than the rule. I feel strongly that Sen. Manchin is an exception.

Take the gun control issue as an example. Sen. Manchin, though a strong support of the Second Amendment, obviously came to the conclusion that sensible, reasonable changes were needed, especially in the areas of background checks, assault type weapons, etc. He tried to enact these changes, knowing full well that he would be opposed by the National Rifle Association. In my view, that is precisely what an effective leader would do. Were the Founding Fathers here today, I believe they would take a similar position to Mr. Manchin’s.

Responsible leadership demands a leader to make a judgment on what will be best for the overall stability of the country. I certainly have a lot more confidence in Sen. Manchin’s judgment than that of the NRA. The NRA seems to me to be focused on one issue, which is how can they get more guns in more hands everywhere. I just don’t see how the NRA’s approach can be good for the nation in the 21st century.

Billy Ball