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Opinion Letters Sandy Hook couldn’t have happened in ‘old days’

I am opposed to a ban on "assault" weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Military-style weapons in the hands of the people carry more benefit for civilization than harm to civilization.

It is true that they can be used for barbaric acts, such as the slaughter of children at Sandy Hook. However that may be, in the old days this slaughter could not have happened. In the old days, among so many adults as there were at Sandy Hook, more than one would have had a gun of his own and one of them would have put bullets into the barbarian at Sandy Hook before he killed 20 children, or probably even five. Nor in the old days would a school have been advertised as a gun-free zone.

Military-style weapons may be used for barbaric acts, but the value to civilization of military-style weapons in the hands of the people, far outweighs this risk. Military-style weapons in the hands of the people are the only guns that have even a slim chance of giving pause for thought to a tyrannical person in a governmental position who may wish to extend his grasp on power and grasp for wealth. (Hunting rifles and target rifles do not provide this benefit.) The progress of tyranny in America has been great, but it has been subtle and it has been slow, and I posit that having military- style weapons in the hands of the people is a major reason that the progress of tyranny has been slow and subtle in America.

Free men have guns. Men without guns are not free.

Military-style weapons in the hands of the police, in the hands of the military, and in the hands of the people can be used for barbaric acts,–can be and with certainty will be. Congress should take reasonable and proper measures to reduce the possibility of barbarism, but in doing so should not, must not, reduce all people to the status of slaves. Militarystyle weapons in the hands of the people, give tyrants pause for thought. Thinking before acting is a good thing; it often leads to better action.

George Crockett — Franklin, N.C.





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