We are all patriots in Western Kansas and patriots hold defiantly to the right to "keep and bear arms." The rights afforded through the Second Amendment are an important part of our lives and our culture. Animal rights groups and extreme environmentalists are naïve and ill-informed if they don't understand that farmers and ranchers and sportsmen are the primal caretaker
s of the land and its resources. They are ardent protectors of the environment, not for a "cause," or a headline, but for their livelihood and way of life. I will work to protect this foundational principle.