A.L. Pearson (11/17, Letters, “Who really needs an assault rifle?”) obviously is not a hunter.
What the media refer to as an “assault rifle” is not the same thing a gun owner, or, for that matter, a soldier would. The “assault rifle” Ward Weber (11/10, A-1, “Election’s outcome triggers record sales at gun shops”) was purchasing was a semiautomatic rifle, no different from most hunting rifles, which uses the same ammunition as many common hunting rifles. Basically, what the media call an “assault rifle” is just a hunting rifle with a scary-looking exterior.
I hope my powerful NRA lobby will continue the fight against liberals’ tactics of fear against law-abiding citizens and allow us to continue to both hunt and defend ourselves.
Joe A. Henderson
A.L. Pearson asks why an ordinary citizen would want an assault rifle. I would say for the same reason someone would want a Corvette, an iPhone or a designer purse, when much less expensive versions of these products would suffice. This is America, where we have the freedom to pursue our interests and enjoy a variety of hobbies.
A rifle like the one Mr. Weber purchased could be used for sport shooting, home defense or hunting. In truth, it is very similar to other rifles not tagged with the “assault” label. The biggest difference is visual. Any laws restricting the purchase of “assault” weapons are typically based on completely cosmetic features.
The restrictions on these weapons do nothing to improve the safety of the average citizen. All of the laws in the world won’t stop someone from committing a crime if they have the intent to do so.