A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. What part do U.S. citizens not understand? I submit many do not understand the whole amendment versus the parts in-between the commas nor the history behind the amendment. It is there to protect all of your rights.
The founding fathers knew nothing of television, radio, or the Internet, yet our First Amendment rights are not infringed in the way many want to infringe upon our Second Amendment rights. Just as they knew nothing of AR-15's or 30 round magazines, they did know that a "free state" could only exist as long as the government knew the citizens were armed. It comes down to History 101 and not what any media outlet spews.
I thank Mr. Johnson for his service to our country. I, too, have been trained by the U.S. Air Force on how to use an M-16, but the logic "leap of faith" Mr. Johsnon's Jan. 28 letter would have you believe, that an M-16 is somehow a Bushmaster military-style assault rifle. The only thing that makes an assault rifle is one common characteristic. The ability to fire more than one round with each pull of the trigger. In plain English that means full automatic or multi-round burst. Politicians would have you believe that there are six characteristics, but they lied, as politicians often do. The "only" common characteristic of an assault rifle is the capability to fire automatic. Disagree all you want, but the plain truth is just that.
How is it that an inanimate object is blamed for the criminal and cowardly actions of a lunatic? What difference would it have made if he used 10 round or 30 round magazines? He wasn't supposed to be in possession of any firearms, but as all criminals do, he obtained firearms illegally! Why blame everything and everyone for the irresponsible/criminal actions of the very few.
Did you know the largest mass murder of school children happened in Bath, Mich.? 38 children, six adults and 58 injured. No guns were used. Did you know the largest mass murder occurred in Calumet, Mich.? 73 people to include 59 children. Again, no guns were used. Criminals can kill you without firearms.
I submit to you and anyone else who thinks "gun control" won't have any effect on law abiding citizens, the following: There are three types of people in this world; sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. The sheep, when a wolf is nearby, all gather in a group. The ones on the outside of the group get killed and eaten. The wolves then kill more sheep and grow bigger. The only thing between the wolves and the sheep are sheepdogs. Which are you?