To the Editor:
Assault guns are designed to kill people. There is no justification for a private citizen to be allowed to own one. Not banning assault guns and blaming mental illness for mass killings is a cop-out.
Other countries have mentally ill citizens but not the number and level of mass killings as we do. If there are no assault guns, a mentally ill person could not shoot dozens of people. In February, there was a mass shooting in an Aurora workplace.
It is only a matter of time until there is a mass killing of people in a Huntley area school, church, Walmart or other gathering area.
I hope and pray our gun-loving relatives, friends and neighbors rethink their support for assault guns and direct Republican politicians to vote to ban them permanently on a national level.