There's no 'sport' in military weaponry
As someone who's been an avid fisherman, hunter, hiker and paddler in Western Virginia for the last 30 or so years, I'd like to answer the question posed in Nick Reed's recent letter, "Taking the 'sport' out of Obama support" (March 5).
Reed seems to think Attorney General Eric Holder's support of banning assault weapons is something that sportsmen and sportswomen should fear and for which we should blame Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner and President Obama.
In all my years of hunting, I never found any use for an assault rifle, which is not merely "scary looking," as Reed mentions, but truly is deadly. With horrors of the Virginia Tech shooting still fresh in our memory, I and many others think assault rifles, bazookas, neutron bombs and other military weapons are better off not in the hands of the general public. Assault rifles are not part of the sporting tradition and their use should not be coddled as such.
On the other hand, outdoors enthusiasts -- and the wildlife they enjoy -- do need clean air, clean water and unspoiled open spaces. Those issues truly matter to me in deciding which representatives get my support.