First I want to say I am a gun owner and have a father who is a hunter and uncles who are hunters. We would never stand for the government taking our guns away. We all, however, believe there should be a ban on AK-47s and similar high-powered weapons.
I read Jackie Merranko's April 14 letter ("Let's Put the Blame Where It's Due"). Yes, we do know that guns don't get up and shoot themselves and that people must shoot them. But to give extremist people the chance to own these super weapons is ridiculous.
On a global scale we do not want Iran to have nuclear weapons, because its leaders are extremists. On a local level, we don't want these nuts to have these super AK-47s and assault rifles because it is like giving Iran nuclear weapons. We let them have conventional weapons because they can't do the damage a nuclear weapon does.
But do you not see that an AK-47-type gun on the street level is like a nuclear weapon? It has absolutely no purpose except to kill as many people as possible. I know they are fun to shoot, but we can give that up for the greater good.
Also you couch potatoes: You are not going to stop the invading hordes with your assault rifles. A well-trained army would pour over you.
The Constitution allows guns. However, it was written when the founders did not know there would be these super weapons.
Come on, let's have some sense. Let's outlaw these types of weapons.