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2017 Letters to the editor stock

How many assault rifles will be purchased legally at the weekend gun show? I am OK with someone having a handgun for protection. I am OK with someone having a rifle to go hunting. I am not OK with anyone but police or the military having assault rifles.

All the talk about mental illness being a cause of these mass shootings doesn't go far enough to address the fact that there is no reason for people to own assault rifles. Our Founding Fathers would be horrified to see the damage this once great country has had to deal with.

These assault rifles are the reason we have so much loss of life in these shootings. How sad the NRA has so much sway over Congress. Hopefully, somewhere down the line, our congressmen will value a human life over a human vote.

Both parties are hopelessly mired in an unending battle to win, no matter the cost. Quit being a Republican or a Democrat and be an American first!

Jan Bailey, Wanatah


Local News Editor

Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.