Friday , February 08, 2013 - 2:17 PM
I agree with the Jan. 26 letter, “Reality Check: U.S. Feds won’t be outgunned.” The Second Amendment is outdated and should read “You have the right to bear certain arms----”
It was written when arms meant powder muskets and was intended for citizens to form a militia to defend against the British, U.S. government or state. This is not a viable option today. Our forefathers could not foresee the evolution of modern weapons the military has that are illegal for citizens to own, thus we have had control. The NRA and many citizens say recent shootings would not be avoided if the AR-15s were banned are wrong. Case in point is that no shootings with Thompson sub-machine guns have occurred since the St. Valentines massacre and gangster era, because of stringent gun laws and permits. Likewise if the AR-15 was banned or the same laws applied as automatics, the recent shooting would not have occurred.
It is very unlikely the AR-15 would be banned, because there are about 3 million AR-15s out there and likely, the brainwashed public by the NRA would not be swayed. Restricting magazine capacity would not be effective. Classification of the AR-15 as an assault weapon is by law, not as defined in the dictionary.
The difference between the AR-15 and the semi-automatics is its characteristics of high firepower (rapid fire) with high accuracy, and low recoil action. This makes it almost equivalent to an automatic weapon. Besides the fact that this weapon, like the M1 carbine can be very easily modified to fully automatic. There is no practical use for high firepower weapons except for the military and law enforcement.
AR-15s can be sold at gun shows with no background checks and resold to the Mexican cartels for high prices. They are responsible for thousands of killings. Restrictions on gun show sales and other proposed laws would certainly help, including requirements for gun buyers to obtain training before purchase.
The majority (90 percent) are in favor of more stringent gun control, but most are not against gun ownership.
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