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GUNS: Give people reason not to buy assault weapons

Letter by Steve Krueger, Auburn on Jan. 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm with No Comments »
January 16, 2013 10:09 am

As a lifelong hunter and former life member of the National Rifle Association who once used a handgun to protect my life, I think it is important to clarify the reasons why so many people are rushing to buy assault weapons.

Guns like the AR-15 and Russian-designed SKS are not intended to hunt animals. Existing laws limit ammunition magazines to five rounds for hunting. Simply inserting a 20-round magazine into your gun while on the deer stand can cost you your hunting rights and, possibly your weapon.

Unfortunately, assault weapons are being snapped up by so-called “doomsday preppers” who fear a complete breakdown in civil authority. They see their stockpiles of food and weapons as a route to survival for their families and themselves.

Another buyer-demographic are those who are scared of “big government” and who expect an eventual revolution or showdown with government forces. I have too often heard these folks say that “the government has assault weapons . . . we’re just leveling the playing field.”

These folks are terrified of the future. Reading the news every day illustrates why. Finding ways to bring society to a more orderly and logical place would go a long way toward solving the gun proliferation problem by neutralizing its underlying cause.

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