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2017 Letters to the editor stock

Assault weapons need to be banned. These weapons of mass destruction are designed to kill as efficiently as possible and are meant for use on the battlefield. They’re the weapon of choice for mass shooters.

They’re easy to buy, relatively cheap and are available to straw purchasers who buy them at local gun shows, skirting federal gun laws.

Mass shootings are not a societal problem; they are a gun problem. An assault weapon ban is not intended to eliminate gun violence, but to remove the means to inflict catastrophic multiple casualties with the use of a single weapon.

These senseless acts of violence are incomprehensibly heartbreaking when they happen in our schools. But with the mass shootings in Las Vegas and the Pulse nightclub fresh in our memories, the breadth of an assault weapon ban must reach across the United States, not only for protecting our schools, but also our society.

William Zawada, Dyer

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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.