No need for assault weapons

To the Times of Ti:

The recent episode of killing by a deranged person using an assault weapon has once again brought out all kinds of comparisons by gun enthusiasts! One even used an out-of-control vehicle as a comparison to an assault weapon!

This is what one would expect from a fanatic who has no idea of what our founding fathers meant when writing our Second Amendment! A writer wrote “Knowledgeable and good people do not want their Second Amendment rights violated.” I am a knowledgeable person and I have had a “concealed carry permit” for 50 years. I believe in the right to bare arms, but I draw the line when it comes to assault weapons that have no other purpose than to kill!

Over the years as a sportsman I have obtained rifles and shotguns for the purpose of hunting game. None of these firearms could possibly inflict the same devastation an assault weapon could in a matter of moments.

I, too, love my Constitution and as many others have, I have served my country. Those brain washed by the National Rifle Association have been telling us for decades that “They” are waiting to take our guns away! Just who “They” is will always be a mystery but as Walt Kelly used the quote, “We have met the enemy and he is us” on a Pogo poster back in 1970, I would guess the enemy in this case is the NRA!

Sadly, for every one of us who writes saying assault weapons should be banned, there are five saying we are infringing on their rights. We can’t rely on our politicians to help, as they are under the illusion that taking a stand against the gun lobby means their political careers are over. There is a law pertaining to duck hunting that states, “You may not hunt migratory game birds with a shotgun that holds more than three shells.” At the same time it is legal to have an assault weapon whose only purpose is to kill humans and it can hold enough shells to kill dozens of innocent victims without reloading. God help us!

Gary P. Guido, Ticonderoga

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