Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Gun Lunacy ; Massacres Forever?

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Gun Lunacy ; Massacres Forever?

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INCREDIBLY, Sen. Shelley Capito of West Virginia joined other U.S. Senate Republicans in voting to let terror suspects buy assault weapons. Last Thursday, Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., sought to forbid people on the Justice Department's no-fly "Terrorist Watch List" from purchasing guns or explosives. But her attempt failed, 45- 54. Every Republican senator except Mark Kirk of Illinois voted against the plan to avert massacres. Every Democrat except Heidi Heitkampf of North Dakota voted for it.

This is astounding. Republicans are so allied with right-to-bear- arms zealots that they will let known terrorist suspects buy rapid- fire murder guns.

Similarly, on the same day, when Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., tried to close loopholes that let criminals, mental illness sufferers, spousal abusers and other undesirables buy guns without background checks, conservative senators killed his attempt, 48-50. Again, Capito voted with Republicans to let undesirables get guns. …

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