Yes, we believe in the Second Amendment and that law-abiding citizens should be allowed to buy and carry guns. But the AR-15 and weapons like it are meant for use in war, not for casual purchase by citizens.

And while we believe in the Second Amendment, we also believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We believe that Americans have the right to go to church without the fear of being gunned down; we believe we have the right to send our children to school without the fear they will be killed in their kindergarten classrooms; that we have the right to go to work, the movies or a nightclub without fear of being gunned down; and that our police have the right to do their jobs without fear of being gunned down by an AR-15 style weapon in the hands of a sniper.

By not at the very least voting for No Fly, No Buy, we believe 1st District Rep. Rob Wittman and his fellow House members are proving to be soft on terrorism, both foreign and homegrown.

They are foregoing basic common sense to kowtow to the National Rifle Association. We want to take our country back from the NRA. We are asking our representative for Virginia's 1st District to represent the people, not the gun lobby.

Toni Radler

Ashland

The writer is chair of the Hanover Democratic Committee.

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