LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Limiting scary guns doesn’t reduce crime

Story Topics
Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

I have used assault weapons in combat. The M-14 and M-16 don’t look anything alike. Both will fire more than one round with a single squeeze of the trigger and both have a flash suppresser and a bayonet stud. Without all three of these criteria, a rifle cannot be called an assault weapon. The truth is that the weapons displayed during Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s speech were just scary-looking guns (“Feinstein’s list of 157 banned guns,” Commentary, Monday).

It’s like comparing a diamond with a glass replica. They may look alike but they certainly aren’t the same thing. We did have a ban on scary-looking guns for 10 years before the law reached its sunset. It was called the Violent Crime Control and Enforcement Act. Studies have shown it really didn’t do a thing.

Take a look at high-capacity magazines. Studies have shown that even in mass murders, only four or five shots have been fired at a time. Remember, that is four or five squeezes of the trigger. I don’t own one of those guns but I see no reason I shouldn’t be able to own one.

Does it really matter how many rounds a magazine holds if it can be changed in less than two seconds? It’s time that people step back and take a real look and see just what they are doing before they create any laws. Look at the terrible laws that have been passed in a rush to just do something. I would call on all those we elect to serve us to use common sense, moral values and a respect for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution before they make a commitment to vote for a law that may violate any of these things.


Riverdale, Md.

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks
You Might Also Like
  • Maureen McDonnell looks on as her husband, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, made a statement on Tuesday after the couple was indicted on corruption charges. (associated press)

    PRUDEN: Where have the big-time grifters gone?

  • This photo taken Jan. 9, 2014,  shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gesturing as he answers a question during a news conference  at the Statehouse in Trenton.  Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme orchestrated by key aides. The early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will make a case Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014, that children who spend more time in school graduate better prepared academically, according to excerpts of his State of the State address obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    BRUCE: Bombastic arrogance or humble determination? Chris Christie’s choice

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    PRUDEN: The question to haunt the West

  • Get Breaking Alerts