Quantcast

Comments about ‘Letter: Ban assault weapons’

Return to article »

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Comments
  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

I agree, I hope it happens but the right wing is going to go crazy buying even more guns in the meantime.

The record gun sales of the last few years just prove that a large number of Americans still feel that the violence they can command from a gun is a good answer to their problems.

The hypocrisy from the self proclaimed religious right is stunning.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

"Military-style" weapons had nothing to do with the school shooting, so this letter is irrelevant.

A gun did not kill those kids, a mentally ill young man did. Mental illness is the problem, not guns.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Just one more attempt from the secular progressive, moral relativism left trying to destroy the constitution! Drat those founding fathers, drat the constitution that was inspired by God!

Sal
Provo, UT

I don't want to have to learn to use a gun; but I am feeling less and less secure. The police arrived very quickly at the Sandy Hook school but obviously too late. If the teachers and administrators had been armed this would not have happened.

Criminals will always have assault weapons. How can a citizen with a pistol defend himself against that?

one old man
Ogden, UT

An excellent letter. Just be prepared for what's going to come back to you. Thanks for your courage in speaking up for sensibility.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

We need assault weapons to hunt the new super animals like Electric Eels and Flying Squirrels?
And because Happiness is a warm gun and God want's... no...commands you to own a gun it's in the constitution.

Owl
Salt Lake City, UT

Lots of unproductive, arrogant sniping and cynicism in the posts. It is exactly the (lack of) mentality that will polarize both sides and prevent a meaningful solution. Some people want others to hear their boastful "wisdom" rather than achieve something positive. They are as harmful as the original problem.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Mountanman your favorite new line “Just one more attempt from the secular progressive, moral relativism.”

You mean moral relativism like The Conservative Warhawks who have kept us at war for over a decade and show no desire to stop sending other peoples children to die for their bottom line?

The same who don’t beleive that mental illness should be addressed or covered by insurance cause it cuts into that bottom line.

And secular progress is what the founding fathers had hoped for not what they fought against, sorry but they had no intention of starting a new crusade.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I dis-agree.

If they were designed for the Military,
then let those of us who've served in the Military be the only ones allowed to own and use them.

There was plenty of OSI back-ground checks, safety and tons of training before we were issued a weapon.

'Ol glory waving, Joe-Q-Public, orange vested vermit hunters never had any of it.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

The problem with banning Assault rifles is the simple fact that it is banning guns based on appearance only. I have a .22 rifle that can handle a clip with 30 rounds in it. That gun can be used for varmit control where you want many rounds available. It is a semi-automatic, which means that I can shoot quite fast by pulling the trigger really fast. It is a standard rifle. Tell me what the difference is between my .22 and a .22 caliber AR 15?

The only difference is the appearance. My .22 caliber hunting rifle and the .22 caliber AR 15 function the exact same way. Banning assault rifles will only drive up the demand for semi-automatic standard looking rifles. This is nothing more than judging a gun based on its appearance, and has nothing to do with actual functionality.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

Look at what happens when you allow the public to be armed. This was an off duty police officer doing security. However, if the anti-gun people had their way, she would not have been armed while off duty. See "Man Attempts to Open Fire on Crowd at Movie Theater, Armed Off-Duty Sergeant Drops Him" at The Blaze.

9MM
Murray, UT

Do we really want to continue and consolidate all political power into one branch of our federal government by stripping ourselves of it? Do we really want to create a police state? If you are looking for security in a police state, I think it will elude us all!

airnaut
Everett, 00

9MM
Murray, UT
Do we really want to continue and consolidate all political power into one branch of our federal government by stripping ourselves of it? Do we really want to create a police state? If you are looking for security in a police state, I think it will elude us all!

4:38 p.m. Dec. 18, 2012

=============

You worry about a police state,
but by the sounds of it -- you probably voted for GW Bush, twice.

Why?
and where were you from 2001-2009?

wrz
Ogden, UT

"Assault weapons were developed for the U.S. military, not commercial gun manufactures..."

The idea behind the 2nd Amendment is that the citizenry have arms in the event a militia is needed. A militia is formed from citizens like the Minutemen. Has nothing to do with the US military.

"The school shooting in Connecticut is the tipping point that demands rapid action by our lawmakers."

The action the Connecticut shooting demands is that parents should not be teaching their kids about guns, especially kids who might have psychological problems.

wrz
Ogden, UT

@RedShirt:
"I have a .22 rifle that can handle a clip with 30 rounds in it. That gun can be used for varmint control where you want many rounds available."

I think you should consider giving up your ability to dispatch several varmints in exchange for reducing tragedies such as we have witnessed in Connecticut.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Redshirt you know you are being a little dishonest. The .223 bullet of an AR-15 is not the same as a .22 bullet.

Even a .22 LR or win mag has nowhere near the power of a .223 used in an assault rifle. I qualified with the M-16 long ago in the military. It's not the same at all.

So you would be ok with the banning of .223 bullet then huh? Why not? You have your .22's, same thing right?

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

Thinkin, Montan & Red: This seems like the perfect time for you folks to start a petition to legalize RPGs, IEDs and tanks. I am sure that your rights are being violated by those weapons being off limits. The perp in Conn. would have killed people no matter what weapon he used, just not as many. The game has changed boys. If they don't ban them, then they need to license them and make you renew the license every year and charge a fee based on the killing capacity of the weapon. I am thinking about $1000 would be about right for an automatic weapon or surrender the gun.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The most sensible solution is to repeal the Second amendment.

Mr. Bean
Ogden, UT

@one vote:
"The most sensible solution is to repeal the Second amendment."

Reasonable idea, but it won't work. The government would make it illegal to own a gun... any gun, even a BB gun. And there goes my favorite toy, bow and arrow.

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments