Monday February 11, 2013

I think some people are fooling themselves about banning semi-automatic rifles using .223 ammunition. I served in the military and in South Vietnam from 1969 through 1970. I would not ever use a semi-automatic rifle with .223 rounds. I did carry a 45 ACP 1911 pistol for backup, which is semi-automatic.

These proposed new laws are only more of a burden on law-abiding, licensed gun owners. Making them buy insurance isn’t going to stop criminals or bad people from acquiring weapons. We have many laws on the books now that don’t seem to be enforced or working very well or at all.

The only way to stop some of these crimes in our cities and towns and schools is to get personally involved. Parents, teachers and police must have a plan that everybody will know if an event does happen. When I attended school back in the ‘50s and ‘60s we had fire drills at least twice a year, along with air raid drills, in which we did duck and cover under our desks. Every Friday at noon the air raid sirens would go off for a minute or two. The sirens were also used to call the volunteer firemen to the fire station when needed.

Would you rather that your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away or a minute away? A gun isn’t a bad word for good people protecting us or for private use. When you hear the breaking of glass in your living room at 3 a.m.


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and call 911 you won’t be able to pray hard enough for a gun in the hands of a good guy to get there fast enough to protect you.

RANDY BURNS

North Adams