The guns are not the problem

I am old enough to remember when the “Saturday Night Special,” a .22 caliber handgun, was the evil gun in the ’60s. Then came the evil AK-47 in the ’80s and ’90s. Now it’s the evil AR-15.

First, there is no such thing as an assault rifle — it is an assault weapon. An assault weapon is an automatic weapon that when you pull the trigger, all rounds in the magazine fire at once. Only the police and the military can have automatic weapons, unless it was manufactured before 1978 and you have a federal license and federal permits.

Second, the Armalite-15 — AR does not stand for assault rifle — has been in manufacture since 1965, over 50 years. There are over 200 types of AR-15 manufactured by over 20 companies in the U.S. alone. Because of its size, weight and ammunition, it has become a very popular gun for hunting and sports. Just because one hunting magazine does not consider it a hunting rifle does not make it so. Many military-style rifles like the Enfield, 03 Springfield, 1917 Eddystone Enfield, Mauser, M1 Garand, M1 Carbine and the M-14 have been used by hunters for years.

Third, President Obama’s executive order that President Trump overturned states that anyone who was over 65 and had a third party do their finances could not own a gun. Since many senior citizens who have no mental impairments have a third party do their finances for convenience, this was unconstitutional and before being overturned, the ACLU was suing in federal court to have it declared unconstitutional.

Fourth, just because a gun has a military look does not make it more lethal. The nice-looking Ruger Mini-14 is the same size as the AR-15, fires the same 223 bullet, holds the same 30-round magazine. Yet the Mini-14 is better and more lethal.

Finally, we all must remember it is not the object that kills, but the one that abuses that object. We always find it easier to put up useless signs, blame an object or organization, take away God-given rights or pass meaningless laws than to blame the abuser and address the problem by making our schools secure, like government buildings and sports arenas, bringing God back into schools, teach people to be good and respectful, communicate in person and not on a cell phone all the time, properly investigate criminals and lunatics when notified.

When that Florida school reopens, does anyone think it will have an enhanced security? I doubt it, and what happens if the next time instead of a crazed student it is terrorists with illegal, fully automatic weapons like in Paris.