Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Line Has Been Crossed regarding Weaponry

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Line Has Been Crossed regarding Weaponry

Article excerpt

The country is wrestling with the aftermath of yet another massacre committed with the "troubled person" weapon of choice - the AR-15. I am tired of the arguments favoring these weapons:

"Guns don't kill people; people kill people." Yes, deranged people commit these acts, but an assault rifle with large-capacity magazines makes it easy to kill lots of people. That is exactly what these weapons are designed to do.

"I want it for self or home defense." Are you expecting a gang? The sound of a 12-gauge shotgun racking a shell into the chamber will scare off most intruders, not to mention its effectiveness.

"I need it to guard against the transgressions of a tyrannical government." Dude, your AR-15 ain't gonna save you. They've got tanks and jet fighters.

"It is my Second Amendment right. …

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