A copy of a letter to Rep. Mike Garcia:
In my day the National Rifle Association taught us how to fire weapons. They didn’t promote that everyone should have a weapon. I worked for the Kohler Co. in Wisconsin, and they had a rifle club that provided a rifle range and M-14 rifles. The company worked with the NRA to run the range. The club secured the weapons after we were done firing them.
In Wisconsin, many people hunt, as well as I did. We were taught how to use weapons responsibly.
Armor-piercing ammunition and high-capacity ammunition magazines are not for civilians, only for the military and law enforcement officials. Personally I don’t think there’s any need for a magazine containing more than 10 rounds for civilians.
I don’t see anything wrong with a background check, class, registration and license for people with AR-type weapons and guns in general. After all, we have to have to pass a test to drive and have registration and license for our cars. I guess vehicles are considered weapons of mass destruction.
Since my day in Wisconsin, the gun lobbyists have convinced people that having a gun without any restrictions is like American apple pie, something everyone is entitled to.
I wish you would sponsor a bill that would require a background check, training and registration of weapons of all those who have a weapon, and ensure that there’s a secure place to store the weapon(s).
Only a paranoid person would be against this. No one will come and take away weapons. It’s just that when you register them, you are less apt to use them irresponsibly.