WV has a long tradition of gun ownership and hunting, which I support. Target shooting is fun. Venison is delicious. And there’s something about being able to harvest food from your own land that is both beautiful and satisfying.

That said, we also want common sense. That means people who are seriously mentally ill or on the no-fly list should be prohibited from gun ownership. But if that happens, there must also be a due process of law available to restore those rights, just as there is a due process of law available to those who’ve lost their right to liberty by being arrested. When your liberty is erroneously taken away through wrongful arrest, there is a process. The same must go for your right to bear arms: there must be a process—a fair, swift process.

I’d love to see publicly funded gun handling classes to make it easy for people to learn basic gun safety, as well as how to load, fire, store, and clean your firearms safely. Gun ownership should be treated much like the licensing of drivers. It should be that easy, because it’s a fundamental right.

Makes sense. Can we use sense?