- The Washington Times - Monday, January 7, 2013

The rifle used in the massacre of the Sandy Hook Elementary School children in Newtown, Conn., was not an “assault” weapon (“U.S. gun support runs far deeper than politics,” Web, Dec. 25). It was a Bushmaster single-shot rifle. All the politicians calling for an “assault” weapons ban should inform themselves about automatic and semiautomatic weapons. Just because the Bushmaster looks like an automatic weapon doesn’t make it so.

Here’s what all those officeholders beating their breasts, pounding their desks and giving lip service will get done: nothing. Here’s why: They’re dependent on the donations of the National Rifle Association (NRA) to their political action commitees. Without the help of gun owners, they’ll never be able to fund their campaigns and remain in their offices with all the perks they’re so used to.

The “assault” weapons ban of 1994 that expired in 2004 did absolutely nothing to reduce gun killings. So let the peevish politicians cast their ballots and see which ones vote against gun owners’ wishes and money.

When all is said and done, the biggest question for our do-nothing officeholders will be what time is dinner — and who’s picking up the tab?

TIMOTHY D. O’REILLY

Chicago