Opinion/August: Gun foes show their true goals

Opinion/August: Gun foes show their true goals

Guest columnist Richard J. August, of North Kingstown, writes and testifies frequently on Second Amendment issues and legislation. Former legislator, anti-gun activist and co-founder of the Coalition Against Gun Violence, Linda Finn, attempts a moderate tone in her Your Turn commentary she co-authored, “Tackling the complex causes of gun violence” (Commentary, May 22). However, on May 15 she revealed her true goal. Finn tweeted members of the General Assembly sympathetic to her cause, “Time to stop selling semiautomatic weapons in RI” because the shootout in Providence is an “opportunity” to broaden the net from “military-style weapons” to all semiautomatic firearms. I doubt that Mrs. Finn knows that by definition a semiautomatic weapon is one that fires with each pull of the trigger until all the ammunition is expended. This would include double-action revolvers that hold between 5 and 10 bullets in addition to pistols to which she probably refers. I suspect there were people who were appalled in 1836 when Samuel Colt patented a revolver that fired five shots without reloading. In response to my earlier commentary on May 23, Richard Donelly believes “there are way too many guns in the hands of those in the city who should not own any.” His solution: pass a bunch of laws that restrict the rights of everyone in the state — including law-abiding, hard-working citizens. Mrs. Finn writes, “All guns start out by being lawfully purchased.” This refrain is echoed by Michael Kraemer in his letter on May 25 (“Legally bought […]

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