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Letter: Agreeing on tragedy, but not on gun debate

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From: Karin Scarbrough


Received: Jan. 29

In his letter to The Republic, dated Jan. 25, Mr. Snively says that if production of weapons such as the Bushmaster AR15 rifles, known as assault rifles in the gun trade, were prohibited, the Camp Perry national shooting matches would end.

But how a ban on the production of these weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines would end this program is beyond me.

There are so many in circulation.

And if it did end, who would care other than those who think it’s fun to have marksmanship skills and the accompanying prizes awarded for use of a military-type weapon even though they’re not in the active military.

Hunters and people who have prized hunting guns passed down through their family would not care because it is not a prized or even an ordinary hunting gun. And hunters know this.

You’re simply wrong, Mr. Snively. But I agree with you when you wrote “ ... all of us deplore what happened at Newtown.” However, I believe you should read very carefully the words of the father of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was killed by the bullets from a Bushmaster AR15.

“That wasn’t just a killing. ... Those children and those victims were shot apart.”

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