Ban automatic weapons

In reference to the bill presented by President Obama and to all the senators and representatives of the United States, I would like to point out the Second Amendment was adopted on Dec. 15, 1791.

At this time, the weapons of choice were muskets, rifles and handguns.

In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court made a ruling giving individuals the right to possess a firearm, unconnected to services in a militia, to use as self-defense in the home. In addition, the NRA was founded in 1871, protecting civilians’ right to bear arms as well as police training, firearm safety, marksmanship and for self-defense.

Now I come to 2013, the 22nd century in which gun shops and gun sales include not only the items mentioned in the Second Amendment and the NRA, and, here’s the rub: The weapons have become more sophisticated.

We have semi-automatic, multiple-round firearms which our founding fathers never heard of. I cannot see where the NRA can honestly defend the right of civilians to own such destructive weapons of choice.

I feel very strongly as a private citizen whose brother, uncle, husband were hunters and owned rifles for this purpose, would need semi-automatic, multiple-round firearms to down a deer, a bear or any other wildlife creature for whatever purpose they want – food, taxidermy or any other reason.

I, therefore, agree that these 21st century weapons of semi-automatic and multiple-round firearms should be confiscated and not allowed to be sold to civilians. Leave them in the hands of trained military or paramilitary personnel.

Civilians do not need these weapons in their homes, where they can be misused or perhaps be stolen or given to persons who do not realize what horrendous damage these weapons can do to human beings – children, men, women, and any other innocent people who are trying to make a living in the USA.

Yes, we have the right to bear arms – but not destructive weapons that can wreak havoc in a peaceful city, village or street.

Rita Fornwalt