In the matter of those vaunted ASSAULT WEAPONS: For a security guard, armed with a revolver or automatic pistol, to engage an individual with an AR-15, is absurd. It is akin to a one armed man using a sling shot against another armed with a machine gun. There is no comparison in the fire power of each. If, security guards are to protect our schools, they best be armed with the same weapons their adversaries have. But, how might that be received by our children? Would they come to believe they were living in an armed camp? An unanswerable question, I suppose.
AK-47s, AR-15s and other such weapons are not only ugly, they are in no manner sporting arms. They are assault weapons of war, not for any other use than to kill huge numbers of human beings. Why they are allowed to be produced and sold to anyone, baffles me. Only trained security guards armed with such bastardly weapons could ever hope to protect a school, Church, or other public buildings. They must have the same amount of fire power as those who would murder our children.
There are beautiful rifles, shotguns and handguns. The handsome oak and mahogany wood grain in the stocks of the aforementioned guns, with their highly polished metal receivers and barrels, lend themselves to a beauty that is very appealing to a true sportsman. An Assault weapon has no place in the average sportsman’s gun cabinet. This, I firmly believe.
Assault weapons are simply that… assault weapons of war. They were designed and developed, not to be appreciated for their beauty, but to do what they do best, kill people. And, they are quite efficient in doing so. I must depart from the NRA, for they believe, with good reason I believe, that giving into the anti-gun lobby, will result in the banning of all guns.
I say, ban only assault weapons. Take them out of stores and off the street, and incarcerate anyone caught with such a weapon. If we can ban brass knuckles, and bump stocks, we can surely ban military assault weapons.
Jack Pierce, Mattoon