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GUNS: Column paints falsely benign portrait of weapon

Letter by Jim Curtis, Maple Valley on July 27, 2012 at 11:42 am | 86 Comments »
July 27, 2012 11:42 am

Re: “Obsessing over ‘assault weapons’ won’t prevent gun crimes” (Patrick O’Callahan column, 7-26).

The column downplaying public concerns about assault weapons was both misleading and outlandish. Perhaps the author has never seen firsthand the terrible damage done to a human being’s body due to the tumbling action of a small-caliber, high-velocity round like I have.

A fellow Marine and good buddy of mine in Vietnam nearly lost his right leg below the knee from a single M-16 round. And I witnessed firsthand 19 dead Viet Cong who were torn apart by this very same weapon.

So to give readers the impression that this type of small-caliber, high-velocity weapon isn’t that big a deal and quite suitable for the general public makes no sense whatsoever to me. Nor does it make sense that the author referred to an M-14 as an obsolete weapon since one of its 7.62 rounds will still easily tear the back of a person’s head off.

In my opinion the term “assault weapon” is akin to the term “killer whale,” as poth point out the true nature of these dangerous beasts.

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