Gun controlPublished 6:19pm Wednesday, January 16, 2013
To the editor:
I wish the anti-gunners would at least be honest.
The so-called assault weapons are no more dangerous than the typical semi-automatic hunting rifle with a pretty wooden stock.
Assault weapons are fully automatic submachine guns – they spray many bullets with one pull of the trigger.
The rifles sold in the U.S. are semi-automatic rifles – one pull of the trigger, one shot. The AR type rifles are all metal and just look mean.
The problem with gun control laws is that they disarm exactly the wrong people. We should, instead of disarming the honest citizen, take down those ‘no guns allowed’ signs on buildings and in school zones and encourage teachers to arm themselves, as we’ve done with pilots.
If you really investigate the subject of firearms in the U.S., you’ll find that they actually do much more good than harm. A murder is different, so it makes headlines. The home protected by brandishing a firearm is manifold and ho-hum.
– Don Ellenberger, Tryon