Letters to the Editor

Simon letter: Mass shooting

Tactical, adjective: relating to actions to gain a military end. Flier: Smith & Wesson M&P15 Semiautomatic Tactical Rifle 5.56 NATO. Technically, assault rifles have full automatic capability. Army training with the M-16 taught me: 1) full auto is difficult to control and wasteful, 2) with practice, 60-100 rounds/minute can be fired effectively in the semiautomatic mode. The narrative that the civilian 5.56 semiautomatic isn’t an assault weapon is ludicrous. Firing high-velocity ammo in combination with large-capacity magazines makes this weapon the ultimate close-quarter killing machine.

U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. v Heller

1) The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm ... for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

2) Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon ... for whatever purpose.

Yes, mass shootings happen in countries with strict gun control, but far less frequently. On Australia’s black market, $30,000 might buy a tactical rifle. Recent Father’s Day sale here ... $599.99

Colin Powell speaking on “Meet The Press” right after the Sandy Hook massacre stated that these weapons of war have no place in civil society. Isn’t it time for the insanity to end?

David H. Simon, Boise