To the Editor:
Recently, the Northwest Herald has published several letters making the absurd allegation that the government is trying to take away our guns. The real issue is not about my rifles and pistols, but about a class of weapons not needed for hunting or personal protection.
According to George Cascon in Politico.com, there have been 22 mass shootings between 1984 and 2011. In every instance, the killer used a clip containing more than 10 bullets. The result was a total of 225 murders and 242 wounded. Often, the murders were only stopped when the shooter tried to reload.
In the past, machine guns and fully automatic weapons have been outlawed, and we are all safer because of it.
The AR-15 semi-automatic is not a military assault rifle, but it can fire up to 100 rounds in less than 30 seconds. There are now about three million AR-15 type weapons in circulation. There is no way to guarantee many won’t fall into the hands of criminals or the mentally ill.
Will we be safer when there are 50 million large clip rifles available?
Since 40 percent of all gun sales are at gun shows, the main source of weapons for criminals, background checks and registration laws must be far better enforced at gun shows.
Some argue that we need weapons such as the AR-15 to protect us from our government. But when has a democracy benefited from a violent revolution?
Joseph L. Daleiden