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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Require licenses to own guns

  • How about we treat weapons, for those of you who have served you can excuse my use of the word "gun," like we do automobiles.
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  • To the editor:
    How about we treat weapons, for those of you who have served you can excuse my use of the word "gun," like we do automobiles. To own one you must have a license which can not be received until you pass an in-depth background check, etc., and hands-on test for safety etc. just like a driver's test.
    The fee for the license would cover the expense of the processing. Once you have a license you can purchase your weapon anywhere that it is legal and then register the weapon like a car. You pay a tax for processing and if you sell it then you must transfer the ownership like you would a car. If it is used in a commission of a crime then you are responsible for it unless you have reported it stolen, etc., to the police just as you would your automobile.
    Does the NRA have something against this? I do not understand what would be wrong with this? I do not know backgrounds but have you witnessed or been responsible for killing a person? Have you seen what happens? Sure it was combat but still those persons have family, etc. Combat is about survival! There is no button for reset.
    The present system is not at gun shows, even at car shows you must register the automobile to show transfer of ownership. The 2nd Amendment is archaic it was written at a time when weapons were used for hunting for necessary food, protection against hostiles, and in case of a foreign invasion because we did not have a standing army and they were part of the militia which we now have the National Guard for.
    I believe you have the right to bear arms, just like you have the right to burn the flag, it was what I served 22 years for in foreign lands and domestic lands. Yet, if you can explain to me why a hunter, target shooter, biathlete etc.. needs a 30-round clip and or an assault rifle?
    Target shooters, and even snipers do not use automatic weapons, 50-cal sniper rifle, Springfield bolt-action, Mauser bolt-action, Garand semi-automatic.
    Do the deer shoot back? The ducks drop bombs? The targets return fire? This I cannot understand.

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