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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

This is in response to the letter “Register assault guns” (Jan. 11). Is the writer pathetically uneducated?

The federal government defines an “assault” weapon as one that can go from semiautomatic to fully automatic with a switch selection. In 1986, “assault” weapons were banned from sale to the general public. Anybody who owns one must have a federal firearms license.

The Second Amendment doesn't state the right to bear “muskets.” It's the right to bear “arms.”

The Founding Fathers knew weaponry would change over time. Did Thomas Jefferson come back from the grave to tell the writer he would outlaw all automatic rifles and clips?

The writer asserts that owning a semiautomatic provides “false security.” I sleep better knowing I have guns to defend my house and family.

The writer has no way to protect his family and probably has a sign in his yard stating “This is a gun-free house.” If I were a criminal, he would be a target.

This isn't a Republican or Democrat issue; it's plain common sense. If you disagree, I hear Piers Morgan has an open spot next to him on his boat bound for that utopia called England.

Larry Bowman Jr.

Washington Township

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