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Only military should use assault weapons

It seems as though Sen. Rick Scott, President Donald Trump and others have the same solution to all the mass shootings in the U.S.

They want to blame these shootings on people with mental health issues.

My question is, has anyone, anywhere, done any investigative research into the lives of these perpetrators to ascertain whether they actually do/did have mental health problems?

To blame all these mass shootings on those with mental health issues is a rather large assumption without doing extensive research and establishing absolute proof.

The fact that the gunmen murdered a specific group of people does not prove they have mental problems. They might, however, have problems with racism. Is this a mental health issue? Ask the president.

Trump has no intention, now or ever, of doing anything to curb gun violence, as this would put him at odds with the NRA.

No one in this country, with the exception of military or law enforcement, should possess an assault rifle. The only reason for an assault rifle is to kill as many people as possible in as little time as possible. A rifle for sport and a handgun for personal protection is all any one person needs.

Background checks that delve into a person’s mental health, while an absolute necessity and long overdue, will be expensive and time consuming. In the interim, why not put a ban on all assault weapons and come up with a plan to retrieve the ones that are already out there?

This would be a step in the right direction in a country that has more guns than people. Such a statistic is not one to be proud of and should scare all of us.

Wake up, America, before every single one of us or someone we know is the victim of gun violence. With more guns than people, it’s just a matter of time.

As to the author of the Sept. 3 letter who stated that the word “assault” is a verb not an adjective, according to the New World Dictionary, “assault” is a noun, meaning a violent attack, either physical or verbal.

That’s not my opinion, but a fact.

Elizabeth K. Shade

Holffiaysburg

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