Letter to the Editor: There is no good reason to own an assault rifle


Monday, February 26, 2018

Our public gun control debate has too often been polarized by extremes. But gun control does not imply confiscation of all firearms, which is plainly unconstitutional. Justice Scalia, as conservative a judge as there was, stated in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) that the state did have a right to reasonable regulation of “dangerous and unusual” weapons.

Surely assault rifles, created for use in military combat only, cry out for regulation. They are designed to kill many people at a time and are frequently used in mass shootings in schools, churches and other public places. There is no good reason for a civilian to own one.

Let us ask Senators Tillis and Burr: Both of you have taken many millions of dollars from the National Rifle Association. What will you do to show that you are not its lackeys? Why not join with Senator Feinstein and others to sponsor a bill that gets assault rifles out of the hands of civilians?



Rocky Mount