The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

April 13, 2013

Won't stop shootings

On March 20, I read an article about gun control. The article stated that an assault weapons ban will not be included in the gun control legislation that the Democrats are bringing to the Senate floor next month.

I think that dropping the assault weapons ban was a good idea. I feel that if you are an American citizen you should have the right to own an assault weapon. I mean after all, if our president is able to be protected by one why shouldn't we?

I know that a multitude of people have a concern about assault rifles being legal due to the recent shootings in our country. I feel that even if we were to ban assault rifles, it wouldn't stop shootings. On another note, if you think that banning assault weapons will prevent crimes, look at illegal drugs for an example. They are illegal, but people still get them. I don't think banning assault rifles will stop anything except disarm the country.

I do feel, however, that there should be a more in-depth background check on the person buying the firearm. This could include an exam to keep firearms away from mentally unstable people.

Peter Herman,

Selinsgrove High School

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