Readers Write: Gun control, being white and male, a springtime poem

Readers Write: Gun control, being white and male, a springtime poem

Gun enthusiasts view AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle parts at a 2015 gun show in Del Mar, Calif. Regarding the March 23 editorial ( "Fund research on U.S. gun violence" ), perhaps some of that research can be directed to the question of whether so-called assault weapons really must be regulated because of mass shootings. Semi-automatic rifles have been available to the American public for well over 100 years, yet these shootings have arguably only been an issue for the last 20-30 years. Something changed, but it wasn’t the availability of the firearms. If a cake turns out badly because the baker used too much flour, does he then try to correct it the next time by changing the number of eggs used? And maybe someone can research why the fully automatic rifles the Department of Homeland Security sought to buy several years ago were called "personal defense weapons" but a semi-automatic in the hands of a citizen is an assault weapon. How about researching why when a police officer shoots someone and the citizenry is upset, it is the police officer’s fault, but when a lunatic shoots someone, it is the gun’s fault? Here’s some simple research anyone can do. Check out the FBI Uniform Crime Report. Far more people are killed with "personal weapons" (hands, fists, feet, etc.) each year than all types of rifles combined. More people are killed with blunt objects than all rifles combined. The difference is the emotional pull of numerous people being killed […]

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