Albert Bigelow | Rant vs. Truth

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Friday’s (June 17) letter from Richard Myers is full of rant but short on facts.

Here are two to be considered before attacking “assault weapons”:

1. AR-15s are NOT assault weapons. True assault weapons can fire FULL AUTO. The AR-15s used in Uvalde were semiautomatic.

2. 2020 data shows that 79% of murders were made with guns. “Assault weapons” (rifles) were used in just 3% of these murders.

Congress is attacking gun laws logically, including mental issues.

By the way, the same data from 2020 show that 54% of gun deaths were SUICIDE. Suicide by a rifle is hard to do!

Too often the media and others jump on one recent tragedy and push laws narrowly focused.

Albert Bigelow


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