I own guns, a couple of them, both single shotguns. I think hunting is OK. I’m not a routine hunter myself, but like most people, I recognize that hunting is a positive family activity for many families.

Here is what I do not understand: Every time we have a mass killing, gun advocates wring their hands and say, “It’s not guns that kill people. It’s people who kill people.” Fifty years ago, we had mentally unstable people and those people sometimes killed people. Today, we still have mentally unstable people, and sometimes those people kill people, too. But today they don’t kill one or two; they take an assault rifle, and, in Las Vegas the shooting, kill or wound 500 people in 10 minutes. What is different about these two situations? It’s the guns.

We are not talking about some family friendly activity of taking your son our deer hunting. I fail to understand the logic of allowing ordinary citizens to own high-powered military assault rifles with high-capacity magazines. I think we all know these weapons are not designed to be used to hunt deer with your kids on some family vacation. These weapons are designed to kill large numbers of people.

I’m just tired of gun advocates, the NRA and others with vested interests in arming our citizens like they are a military unit. Mentally unstable people 50 years ago might have killed someone, but today those same kind of mentally unstable people have weapons to kill tens or hundreds in a few minutes. The difference is “pure and simple”--it’s the guns.

JIM RAYMOND

Edgerton

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