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10-1, Tom Paynter, Letter for web

No hunting: A future for West Virginia and the U.S.?

There are several reasons I don't want Albert Gore to be my president. The issue of sportsmen hunting is just one of them. Mr. Gore is supported by anti-gun rights lobbyists and anti-hunting organizations. George W. Bush is supported by sportsmen/women, shooters and people who still believe in our American rights.

Consider these questions put to William Meteja, a Clinton-Gore lead attorney. The questions were asked by Federal Judge William L. Garwood in an appeals process regarding a case pertaining to Second Amendment rights.

First questions: "Are you saying that the Second Amendment is consistent with a position that you can take guns away from the public? You can restrict ownership of rifles, pistols and shotguns from all of the people? Is that the position of the United States?" The answer to that was an emphatic "yes."

The judge further asked, "It is the position of the United States that persons who are not in the National Guard are afforded no protection under the Second Amendment? The Clinton-Gore lawyer answered, "Exactly." Al Gore, the favored candidate of Handgun Control, Inc., says if he is elected president, he would require every gun owner in America to be fingerprinted and photographed for a federal identification card.

I wonder how long it would take, once responsible gun owners are identified, for Al's legal beagles to move to come to our homes and confiscate any gun we own. It may take a while, but things happen pretty fast these days. Only three weeks ago in a news column in the Sunday Exponent-Telegram, Bob Balhatchet wrote of U.S. Senate Bill 2099, which would, if passed, require us to put on this year's tax forms all guns we have or own. It may require fingerprints and a tax of $50 per gun, he says.

This administration, which includes Mr. Gore, will try many ways to take your firearms, either by laws or by making it too expensive for you to own or both. Thanks, but no thanks, Mr. Gore. I don't want you to be my president. Register to vote by Oct. 10 and go to the polls on Election Day.

Tom Paynter

Clarksburg

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