From the Central Kentucky News-Journal:
by John P. Hansel
Having owned guns and been an active hunter for more than 60 years, I feel qualified to speak on the subject of guns.It is interesting that Mr. Hansel mentioned World War II. I guess he does not understand that Vets could bring back their service rifle from that war, and that many brought back battle field souvenirs that included firearms.
Why do I own a gun in the first place? I can think of only three possible reasons:
1. To go hunting.
2. To use for target practice.
3. For self-defense.
I can't think of any other reason - can you? That being the case, why do we gun owners need an assault weapon? Is it just for kicks? Isn't it time we stepped up and told the National Rifle Association to take the lead in calling for a ban on the manufacture of all automatic and assault weapons of every caliber?
During World War II, a manufacturer had to have a Defense Order to produce anything for use by the armed forces. If we reinstated such a requirement, we could eliminate the manufacture or importation of these "toys" except for armed service or police use and put an end to multiple slayings like Virginia Tech and Columbine.
NRA could expand its membership and win over many anti-gun folks by taking this lethal bull by the horns.
The NRA needs to hear it from us gun owners. Let's call, write or e-mail them at: National Rifle Association of America, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030; (800) 672-3888; https://www.nrahq.org/contact.asp.
Mr. Hansel also seems to forget that until just prior to WWII, folks could purchase a fully automatic firearm through the mail, and a farm boy could purchase a handgun at the hardware store.
Maybe Mr. Hansel is right... maybe we should take the bull by the horns and contact the NRA and demand that they fight to repeal all firearms laws written after... let's say... 1930?
The NRA could expand it's membership and win over all the Pro-Gun folks who wish they were a bit more pro-active in securing our Second Amendment rights.