Letter to the Editor: Sophisticated weapons need to be banned

Joe Bialek and Joe Bialek

This letter is in response to the articles covering the Newtown school shooting and the ongoing debate regarding gun control.

The second amendment of the United States Constitution states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Obviously the need for a state militia has been replaced by the National Guard and Coast Guard, whereby trained military personnel are entrusted with the defense of this country against domestic enemies.

Their weapons are tightly controlled and safeguarded.

The only two reasons for a citizen to own a firearm are for hunting or defense of the household from intruders.

In either case, ownership of a single-shot rifle is more than adequate to satisfy these purposes. There is absolutely no need for any U.S. civilian to own any weapon more powerful or sophisticated than this.

Accordingly, all single-shot rifles must be licensed and registered to the degree necessary to match weapon to owner at the click of a computer key.

Furthermore, if we had prevented the purchase of more sophisticated weapons, several innocent victims would not have died or been harmed at shopping malls, college campuses, Congressional meetings, movie theatre and now a elementary school.

The question before the American People is: what are you prepared to do to prevent people who want to kill from obtaining rapid-fire weapons such as those used at the Newtown school?

It goes without saying that people kill people whether it be with a gun, automobile or some other means.

This incident involving Adam Lanza appears to be the planned act of someone who was so full of rage that murdering innocent children and adults was his only way of expressing such evil behavior.

Now that he is dead we can not only speculate about his motives but now are also left to grieve the results of such a heinous act.

Joe Bialek

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