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I found Mr. Gary Hartman's reply to my question of who needs a weapon that can shoot 60 rounds in 30 seconds very illuminating. He asked the question about other products sold as well. His point was that people want them, but don't need them. Just like the dune buggies causing big ecological damage in the deserts in California, because people bought them and believed that since they built them and/or paid for them, they had a right to use them where and when they chose.

So we come to the real question, which is when people want something, should they always be able to get it and have it? Even if the consequences cost so much? Most of the murders by weapons are done for reasons of anger and/or hate. Mental illness has been identified as a cause in less than 12% of the mass killings here. Once again, we look at "We have a right" and ignoring the responsibilities that go with it.

Chicago may well be the "murder capital of the large cities in the U.S., but the U.S. is the murder capital of the world. Law enforcement agencies know that the guns coming into Chicago, come from gun dealers in Indiana, a short drive away, and with limited or no restrictions on sales. The guns that are used for crime in New York come from a specific dealer or two in South Carolina, for the same reasons. Is this what we want?

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Rick Siegert

Lebanon (Sept. 8)

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