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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 13

February 13, 2013

Are ‘defenders of the Constitution’ steadfast?

To the editor:

Watching all those “defenders of the Constitution” come out of the woodwork, I am wondering: Do these people know that there is more to the Constitution than the Second Amendment? Do they know that constitutional amendments can in fact be repealed according to the Constitution?

If, say, a qualified majority of federal and state legislators repealed the Second Amendment, would those “defenders of the Constitution” still defend the Constitution and faithfully give up any banned firearms they own?

Or would the “defenders of the Constitution,” at that point, suddenly turn into “defiers of the Constitution” because they really don’t care about democracy, equality and justice for all?

I am wondering.

Hans K. Buhrer
Smithsburg


What is intent of proposed weapons ban?

To the editor:

I find it amazing how many people are confused by the term “assault weapon.” 

Semi-automatic firearms fire one bullet (round) each time the trigger is pulled. The spent cartridge case is ejected and another cartridge is loaded into the chamber, without the manual operation of a bolt handle, a lever or a sliding handgrip. An assault weapon has a detachable magazine, in conjunction with one, two or more other features such as a pistol grip, a folding stock, a flash suppressor or a bayonet lug. Most assault weapons are rifles, but some are handguns or shotguns.

The term “assault weapon” is sometimes confused with the term “assault rifle.” An assault rifle is a military rifle capable of selective fire. This may include fully automatic fire, where multiple rounds are fired continuously when the trigger is pulled and held, and/or burst fire, where a burst of several rounds are fired when the trigger is pulled once. In the United States, fully automatic firearms are heavily restricted and regulated by federal laws such as the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986, as well as state and local laws.

Are people really afraid of a firearm because of the style of stock, the hand grip, a flash suppressor or a bayonet lug? The media doesn’t point out that adjustable stocks and hand grips are helpful for shooters who have small stature or some physical handicaps. So is this proposed ban designed to keep small-statured individuals (such as women and youth) from participating in shooting sports or is it designed to scare the public

Teresa Spruill
Smithsburg

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