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Gun Control We need to set better weapons limits

Coyne discussed gun control.
Posted on Jan. 25, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Many of us have strong opinions about gun control. And we frequently disagree with one another. Still, there are some things we can agree on.

For instance, we don’t let everybody have hand grenades, machine guns or nerve gas. The founding fathers had flintlock rifles and dueling pistols. Yes, they had cannons and grapeshot too, though very few early patriots kept heavy artillery or military arsenals in their homes. While the Supreme Court says we have the right to bear arms for personal protection, we limit the kinds of weapons people can own. No reasonable person considers this a violation of our constitutional rights.

The choices we face are not constitutional issues. We have weapons limits. Our task is to decide where to set those limits.

OK?

OK. I lied about machine guns. You and everybody else can buy a simple modification to an AR-15 rifle that enables it to shoot 100 rounds per minute. They even offer free shipping.

Don’t take my word for it. Google “AR-15 bump stock.” And brace yourself. The YouTube clips are astonishing.

Dave Coyne

Goshen




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 This undated image posted on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter from the Islamic State group, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, next to captured Syrian army soldiers and officers, following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. A U.N. commission accused the extremist Islamic State organization of committing crimes against humanity as pictures emerged of the extremists' bloody takeover of the air base.

Posted on Aug. 31, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
 A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun.

Posted on Aug. 31, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
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