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    Governor-elect Jim Justice’s policy committees seem to be made up of some of the state’s best minds. Dr. Clay Marsh with West Virginia University Hospitals; Bill Ihlenfeld, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District; Richard Adams of United Bank; Dave Arnold with Adventures on the Gorge; a host of other intelligent, qualified, inventive people who understand the challenges our state faces. 

    Governor-elect Jim Justice’s policy committees seem to be made up of some of the state’s best minds. Dr. Clay Marsh with West Virginia University Hospitals; Bill Ihlenfeld, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District; Richard Adams of United Bank; Dave Arnold with Adventures on the Gorge; a host of other intelligent, qualified, inventive people who understand the challenges our state faces. 

Our State Senate made the right call by not taking a bill that would nullify gun ordinances in certain cities around the state. The House of Delegates, in an unbridled display of politics, passed a piece of legislation that had no chance of going anywhere and was clear, outright pandering.

Charleston's gun ordinance has nothing to do with "a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." It has everything to do with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. Some two-bit thug coming into Charleston isn't worried about that glorious document that is the U.S. Constitution or defending himself and his family. This person is looking to get a gun, stick it in the face of a convenience store clerk and making off with as much money as possible. Or worse.

The dialogue concerning gun rights is a serious topic that requires forethought, intelligence and honesty. We must have this discussion and we must have it now, but our elected leaders should not cheapen the debate by endangering public safety.

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