By Scott De Young

There is no middle point


To the Editor:

This is in response to Avery Hoyt’s letter inviting us to meet in the middle. I don’t think there is a middle when it comes to civil liberties.

The problem with so called gun control is that it’s not at all about gun control. Instead, it is only about control. This so-called blending means one group, the gun rights people, giving up something while the other side, gun control people, give up nothing. So this will be nothing but a slow death by a thousand cuts for the gun rights people.

Just exactly what is an assault rifle? As defined by our Department of Defense, it is a rifle capable of select fire, either full auto or semi-auto fire. These have been outlawed since 1934 for sale to the general public. The only thing the gun control types object to is their cosmetic appearance. Their function is exactly the same as a Remington 1100 shotgun or 742 rifle, a Browning A-5 shotgun or BAR rifle, or a Ruger 10-22. These all require one pull of the trigger to fire one round, which is exactly what it takes with the AR-15. As for the AR-15 being so powerful, as so many in the media assert, it is not even legal to hunt deer with it in Washington. None of these nor the AR-15 is a weapon of war.

It is totally false that the mass shootings and their severity in the USA far exceed other developed countries. Most statistics show the USA behind Norway, Slovakia, Belguim, and France when correctly shown as shootings per 1,000,000 people. Simply go online and check it out for yourselves.

Don’t rely on the biased opinions coming from the print and TV media. What we really need to work together on is: why aren’t the 20,000 plus gun laws in this country not being strictly enforced? Harsh punishment for violating these laws should be meted out at the maximum sentences with no plea bargains.

There is absolutely nothing about the Second Amendment to do with sporting purposes. It has everything to do with defending one’s person, property, and this country. You should remember that our police carry a gun to protect themselves from harm, not you. If Avery Hoyt wants to give up some liberties, fine by me. But I agree with what Ben Franklin said: “They that can give up liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”


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