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Letters to the editor, January 26


Apparently, if a DRC letter writer dares to suggest that we need stronger laws and regulations relating to the ownership of killing machines (i.e. assault weapons, semiautomatic guns and large-capacity magazines), a couple of responses are almost guaranteed.

First, the writer is told that there are plenty of laws already on the books. Second, the writer is compared to Adolf Hitler.

I guess they mean laws that prevent the ATF from creating a registry of gun transactions, which would help law enforcement track down criminals.

Or perhaps they are talking about the Tiahrt Amendment that prevents law enforcement from finding and tracking straw buyers who purchase multiple weapons and large quantities of ammunition for criminals and the Mexican drug cartels.

How about this one — a person on the terrorist watch list can legally purchase a gun.

All these and many more rules that inhibit American law enforcement are backed by the NRA.

The Hitler references are more bovine fertilizer from the likes of Fox News, the Drudge Report and other right-wing nuts.

When Hitler came to power in 1933, Germany already had strict gun-control legislation forced upon it by the Treaty of Versailles after World War I. Germany’s gun legislation was actually relaxed under Hitler in 1938.

Does this mean these gun advocates are as evil as Hitler? Of course not. It just means they listen to, and believe others who misinform them.

Gary Ardis,

Oak Point


Snowball’s chance

Yes, they will have to pry my pistol with standard clip from my cold dead hands. If I had still been a hunter, the same would be true for a rifle or shotgun with standard load. Now let’s talk about assault rifles.

They are flying off the shelves, folks buying them by the dozens, buying them for mama, for the kids, for grandma. There were probably three assault rifles with large magazines under some Christmas trees.  

Since half the assault rifles in the entire universe are now already on the streets of America, a ban on the “future sale” of such is very much diluted.

I propose something that hasn’t a snowball’s chance of passing: That being in public with an assault rifle or large magazines be a felony, or at least be required to have a license for them like machine guns.

I suspect the new NRA slogan will be: “What we do with our assault rifles in the privacy of our own bedrooms is our own private business.”

And you know what? I think using them in the privacy of their own bedrooms would work out just fine.

Jim Stodola,