Promotion of assault weapons not necessary [UPDATED]Published 9:49am Thursday, January 17, 2013 Updated 11:52am Thursday, January 17, 2013
After returning home from church where I heard a thoughtful sermon on gun violence, I looked at this week’s circulars. I was saddened to see large magazine weapons ranging from $559 to $1349 prominently advertised at a local store.
I was taught how to properly care for and safely use a gun by my Grandfather and to this day own a .22 rifle very similar to his. I rarely shoot it but it reminds me of family hunting ventures and precious memories of those now gone.
Given my love of guns, you might wonder why I am objecting to the promotion of guns in the ad mentioned. The difference is that several of the guns would be strange weapons to take hunting or target shooting. However, they are expensively and well designed to quickly kill people.
I believe that as a nation we need to have a discussion as to how to deal with gun violence while at the same time fully protecting the interests of those who enjoy having guns for hunting, target shooting, or only because of happy memories.
However, especially in the wake of the Connecticut and other mass killings, we do not need the selling of assault weapons being promoted.
I enjoy shopping at the store and appreciate the great asset it is to our community. But, I hope they will take a wise approach as to what types of weapons they choose to advertise and carry.