To the editor: Laws must adapt to new guns

To the editor: Laws must adapt to new guns

Attendees walk by a display of AR-15’s and AR-10’s at the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas. Like Walter E. Williams, I too am “over 65.” Much of what he says in his June 5 op-ed piece, “Past versus present Americans,” is correct. I, too, received my first gun, a .22 rifle, at age 12. It is true that you could buy a gun anywhere — from the Sears catalog to the gun dealer at the county fair — without any hassle. But Mr. Williams is wrong about one thing: Guns have changed. The guns available were not military-style assault rifles. No AR-15s, no AK-47s, no high-capacity clips. Handguns were generally revolvers with six rounds per load or automatics like the M1911 .45 automatic with seven rounds in the clip and one in the chamber. The only military-style automatic rifle available was the Thompson sub-machine gun, and that was heavily regulated. You had to register it with the government and pay a $200 fee. Regulating, or even banning, military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would in no way infringe on peoples’ Second Amendment rights. There are still many other guns freely available. The NRA says, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Not quite. People with military-style assault weapons kill people. HENRY R. PROVOLNY Elmore Click here to submit a letter to the editor Remembering Andrew Massey I am very sorry to hear the sad news of the recent passing of Andrew Massey (June 1, “Andrew Massey, the Toledo […]

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