As a military member, I swore to uphold and defend the constitution from foreign and domestic enemies: “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.” Though I am no longer in the military, that oath of defense did not expire. Those who desire to infringe on the citizens right to keep and bear arms are clearly domestic enemies of the constitution. Our elected officials, Manchin included, also swore to uphold the same constitution I swore to uphold. It is our elected officials, local, state and national, duty to protect us from those domestic enemies who seek to undermine our rights as US citizens under the constitution.
Who defines “assault” rifles? What is wrong with using a semi-automatic for sport if one can afford the ammo? Or for self-defense for that matter? A hand gun is also semi-automatic, so a ban on semi-automatics must includes a ban on semi-auto hand guns. Moreover, who will define mental health? Those who define words control the discussion. Furthermore, words can be defined in ways that will make us all guilty of something bad enough to bar the ownership of any weapon that goes bang.
As long as one uses a weapon legally, whose business is it as to what he owns?