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Letter: Guns revered

June 27, 2013

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To the editor:

The surviving Boston bomber will face charges of using weapons of mass destruction. The pressure cooker bombs killed three people. That number of fatalities pales in comparison to the 20 children and six adults massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. There, the killer’s arsenal included an assault rifle and high-capacity magazine clips. It’s puzzling that those horrific instruments of extreme firepower escape the definition of “weapons of mass destruction” according to our legal and moral standards.

George W.’s main pretext for going to war with Saddam’s Iraq was questionable from the start. He claimed that the “evil doer’s” regime was manufacturing WMD’s. Had President Bush searched his own backyard, he would have found a veritable cornucopia of WMD’s right here in America. This grievous reality eludes countless lawmakers beholden to the National Rifle Association and easily manipulated by gun rights extremists. Truth be said, we live in a country where flag-waving gun toters revere their weapons of mass destruction as much as apple pie and Fourth of July picnics.

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Abdu Omar 1 year, 3 months ago

A gun only becomes a "weapon" when it is in a killer's hand. Most of those who have guns do not anticipate or dream about killing people. The incident was perpetrated by one who was not the average gun owner. He stole the guns from his mother. He had no right to them. This is what has to be determined. Gun owner's have to protect their right to own guns by keeping them locked up and away from possible theft or use by one who is intent on killing. We can't punish the whole USA because of the actions of one man.

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Liberty275 1 year, 3 months ago

Sure, why not. Tell me, how do you think private corporations break up land to strip mine, They pour high explosives into the ground and turn parts of the earth into huge bombs.

Did you also know that private hospitals have nuclear material?

All you need is the right licence.

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Shefflerman 1 year, 3 months ago

A gun is always a weapon. Some items, such as a hammer, could be considered a tool or a weapon, depending on the intent of the holder. But firearms are designed to inflict damage, be it for hunting, target shooting, or crime. It does not cease being a weapon if it is sitting in a safe.

It is not bad that it is a weapon. It is a great weapon. As a weapon, it can help provide food, protect homes, and teach skills such as dexterity, patience, and responsibility. Calling it a weapon is not out of line.

Calling all guns weapons of mass destruction is overreaching. The old argument of "If a serial killer used an ax, would you be pushing for tighter ax control?" applies. A brick can be a weapon of mass destruction if brandished by a mad man.

Mr. Brown's letter is correct that there is too much money influencing politics, and that is not just include the NRA. He is correct that there are people who will always love guns. He does not mention that there are also people who will always hate guns. Name calling and fear stoking from either side is not going to solve anything.

32000 gun deaths per year is too many. No matter how you feel about guns, you agree that we need to try to lower that number. Maybe a good place to start is treating everyone with respect, rather than relying on stereotypes and prejudices.

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skinny 1 year, 3 months ago

I'd be willing to bet Mr. Brown grew up in the City and has never been on a farm or even visited western Kansas where guns are a part of life as IS apple pies and the Fourth of July!

You will not win this argument Mr. Brown, not in the state of Kansas!!

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tomatogrower 1 year, 3 months ago

High capacity magazine clips didn't used to be a part of farm life. I don't think the writer was referring to hunting rifles, just those guns whose main purpose is to kill as many people as possible before reloading.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 3 months ago

No, the United States government is not a bully. There are many, many governments in the world that fit that description. Those countries are where the U.S. gets a lot of immigrants from who are wishing to escape their government. Few people flee the U.S.

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Phoghorn 1 year, 3 months ago

My guns can only be considered WMDs if you are a paper target.

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 3 months ago

Sorry there D.T.O.M , Kansas Fish & Game will allow the use of the low end 5.56 this year on deer, I will not be using one myself, sticking to the ole smokepile. and maybe a .243 Love to shoot the ""weapon of mass destruction"" on a nice day at the range, so relaxing.Mr Brown have you ever shoot any type of rifle, go to a gun shop like the Bullet Hole and crank off a few rounds, P.S take your check book, you will probably be bring one home.

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 3 months ago

You are welcome, shoot straight, and enjoy

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