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

- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2013

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.

JAMES HONTZ

Riverdale, Md.

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