Ban assault weapons

Editor:
I’m an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam. I’d say at least 70 percent of my formal weapons training was on the AR-16 assault rifle. I was good with this weapon and earned the Expert badge my first year in the service. This rifle is surprisingly easy to use, completely idiot proof, has next to no recoil, comes apart and cleans up like a dream and is light to carry around. Every weapon that a solider uses has the express purpose of killing human beings. That is what they are made for.

The bullets from this rifle travel at three times the speed of sound and when they hit a human being the entry wound is small, but the exit wound is the size of a coke can. With this in mind, is anybody surprised that nearly every mass shooter in recent U.S. history has used an AR-15 assault rifle to commit his or her crime? And why wouldn’t they? If you are 18 or older you can buy one or more at Wal-Mart or just about any sports store. These are not deer rifles. They are not target rifles. They are people-killing rifles. Let’s stop pretending they’re not. 

We ban many things in society that can pose a danger to other people by their misuse; foods, wild animals, explosives, some types of alcohol and drugs to name a few. Assault rifle ownership is the one thing our country collectively refuses to ban or manage and the result is a lot of dead people. This rifle is so deadly and so easy to use that no civilian should be able to get one. We simply don’t need these assault rifles in society at large. 

In future elections, consider voting for those politicians that support a ban on assault rifles. The life you save may be your own!

 

Paul Hauser