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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
I applaud recent letters from Dick Bauman ("Common sense needed on gun control laws," March 29) and James M. Young ("Hunters shouldn't need assault rifles," March 30). Their comments on assault weapons are right on the money.
Young wrote, "Please write your congressman or senator or sign a petition to request a law to ban assault rifles." Well, I did exactly that. I stated that hunters can have their hunting rifles and homeowners can have their pistols for protection in their homes, but please pass a law banning assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, etc.
In an email reply, my senator wrote, "We need to have a serious discussion" on these issues, and "the status quo is not acceptable." Therein lies the problem.
All our elected representatives are willing to do is "have a discussion" on the issue. All they want to do is talk. None has the backbone to stand up to the NRA and enact any common sense legislation banning assault weapons, even though poll after poll reveals that that is what the majority of Americans want.
We will never see reasonable gun regulation enacted. Talk about it, sure. Actually do something about it? No way.
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