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Letter: 'Ban These Assault Weapons Once and For All'

Fairfield resident Heather Dean says United States can follow Australia's lead.

Last week I attended the hearing on Gun Violence in Newtown. I didn’t go as an elected official, but as a mother and a teacher. I was compelled to attend because that same week there was a lockdown practice at my daughter's middle school. As recommended by the staff, I let her know so she could be prepared. We talked about it and both agreed that in some cases, like areas prone to natural disasters, where there is often little to no warning, you need to practice “Duck, Cover and Hold On”. Such preparation can save lives from the ravages of Mother Nature. However, no one should have to hold lockdown drills because of a gunman.

One speaker shared statistics showing that since Australia banned assault weapons in 1996, there had not been one mass shooting. Imagine if we could give that same report here in the United States in a few years? Is a revival of talks to ban weapons in Connecticut and America so scary? The way I see it, the Australian government took action without taking away anyone’s right to own firearms; they simply prevented the general public from owning assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

After five hours of testimony, you would think everything that could possibly be said has been, but maybe not. There was one speaker who reminded me again, that we all have a responsibility to take action, to use our words to help stop the violence. Time ran out that evening, leaving many without that chance.

This brings me to my point.

I’m using my words here to endorse the proposals banning assault weapons and the accompanying high capacity magazines. I realize that this is a complex issue with many layers, but we must start somewhere to stop the rising tide of random violence. Not one speaker against assault weapons demanded repealing our second amendment; instead they asked our elected officials to work together and not be influenced by gun lobbies or partisan politics. Ban these assault weapons once and for all. I’m asking that too. Please help make these lockdown practices a thing of the past.

Heather Dean

commonsense727 February 12, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Heather, You are brainwashed and conditioned. wake up and use common sense. Assault weapons are already restricted under the machine gun act. There has never been a mass shooting with an actual assault rifle ever. The wording is media political propaganda to confuse people like you with cosmetics. magazines are just a box and spring. You can ban them but millions exist and take a few minutes to make. Over seas restrictive gun measures made violent crime skyrocket. Our crime has been down 50 percent since the assault ban was lifted in 2004. You are completely letting outside influence manipulate your thinking on an absolute level. We banned certain drugs. such created cartels, gangs, increased organized crime and more. Profit will motivate bad people quick. What in your head tell you that if we create more laws, most of which are not even enforced.. that criminals will obey laws? I have some simple common sense for you .. murder is against the law big time.. these people did not care, so they dont care about killing people why would they care about a lesser offense? Criminals can get a guns with ease in any area. chicago ny nj and La all have very very restrictive gun laws and gang violence is off the charts.. why would that be? most of these killers were on psychotropic pills also. billions of dollars profit problem. People poison their kids minds with toxic drugs w disclaimers will cause violent suicidal tendencies. other countries parents do not use such harmful chemicals.
commonsense727 February 12, 2013 at 02:21 PM
...continued if guns were such a problem, how come there arent the mass shootings at gun shows, gun ranges or gun shops? These mass shootings happen at gun free zones.. that is because bad crazy people know they can inflict the maximum amount of carnage in the least amount of time with the least amount of resistance. Is it such a bad idea to start being responsible parents. is it safe to say some people are bad parents? Some parents stick their kids in front of tvs video games, look for free hand outs and go out ignoring their kids. when the kid shows desire for attention, the parents these days say oh no im not spending quality time with my kids im putting them on the brain damaging high risk drugs instead and keeping them in a rewired state of mind. i dont have time for this parent stuff, i have more to go out and buy. i have to be a dedicated consumer. no time for family. why dont we focus on the actual problems and not disassembling the constitution. if you really believe australia is that much better than the usa, I have one simple question. what are you doing here still? you care that much about your kids, pack up and head out if its that much better. You dont know that, of course. you are just blindly assuming. my family and I and my kids all grew up around firearms. never one issue. we all believe in doing whats best for each other not being self motivated and self centered. Is there a problem in our society? yes, absolutely. but lets see the big picture first.
Concerned Parent & Gun Owner February 12, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Heather: For an example of how ineffective a ban on black rifles would be on mass murders, please see this research report from the Connecticut Office of Legislative Research (OLR). This report, completed by a senior member of OLR, opens: "You asked for a list of the weapons that have been used in mass shootings in the United States since the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado on April 20, 1999. We have identified at least 49 mass shootings in the United States since the Columbine shooting. These are incidents where two or more people were killed, not counting the perpetrator." I wonder what the requestor thought of this list the weapons used in national mass shootings. Of the 49 listed events, the following is clear: - Exactly ZERO included "assault weapons" in the proper definition of a weapon capable of full auto fire. - Eight (8) of 49 (16%) listed a firearm that would be considered a "black rifle" by my definition - either an Armalite Rifle (AR) or a Kalishnikov (AK) style weapon. - Of those eight, four (8%) were AK-47s which are already prohibit by law in CT. The report can be found here: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/rpt/2013-R-0057.htm What the report does not point out is that the Columbine attack used weapons NOT banned under the federal AWB. It also fails to mention magazine capacities use in those attacks. For those interesting in more firearms-related OLR reports: http://www.cga.ct.gov/olr/FocusAreas.asp?sWhich=Firearms
Thomas Paine February 15, 2013 at 09:56 PM
http://wilton.patch.com/blog_posts/mass-shooting-weapons-are-not-typically-black-rifles-nor-any-rifle
Emmanuel Olukpo May 27, 2013 at 05:23 AM
It is a welcome articulation, exciting, an excellent creativity. It is novel and educative. Link up to University of Nigeria, Nsukka website for similar write up. http://www.unn.edu.ng Commander,E.O. UNN.

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