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Forefathers weren’t writing about AR-15s – Hartford Courant

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With regard to the right to bear arms, doesn’t anyone realize that in the year the Second Amendment was drafted, AR-15s and automatic rifles were never anticipated to exist? Muskets and flintlock rifles that could shoot only one bullet at a time were the arms in 1791. Our forefathers would be astonished to learn how many people can now be killed in a few minutes. The NRA and its members, and the senators who are in opposition to gun-safety laws, should be held responsible for the needless deaths of innocents, including so many children.

The claim that the shooters are mentally ill only proves that if there were tighter gun laws such as background checks, and a ban on automatic weapons, there would be fewer incidents of gun deaths in this country. I also wonder why gun shop owners aren’t held responsible when an 18-year-old buys two automatic weapons and loads of ammunition. Shouldn’t they be required them to report such a sale?

Blanche Moskowitz, Newington

I cannot understand The Courant. I am 80, and all my life we have had gasoline, heating oil and gas stations; a system that has worked remarkably well. Then Joe Biden is elected, announces he will end the Keystone Pipeline, Alaskan drilling and will move to end fossil fuels. Regulations become oppressive. But no one can understand why there is a shortage of oil and reluctance to invest on the part of major oil companies. But of course — it must be greed. Funny how greed is unique to the oil industry, which in large part built our country. Why does The Courant always give Biden a pass? No mention of Afghanistan, the border, the crime wave (and criminals will always get guns, just as people got liquor during Prohibition), inflation and a shortage of workers due to government giveaways.

I can understand that you don’t like Donald Trump, but surely Biden deserves to be called to account for the Green Woke Insanity. Incidentally, do we really want to depend on hostile countries for oil? Yes, detest Trump all you want. But the country was not collapsing under him.

Michael H. Agranoff, Ellington

Many analysts say that Democrats will lose control of the House in the midterm elections. Democrats need to take bold action. A terrible tragedy has happened: the most recent school mass shooting. Democrats have the opportunity to own the prevention of more of these horrible events. They need to take swift, united action to attack the Republicans for preventing effective gun legislation from being passed. And this attack should be directed at the Republican Party in general and at individual Republicans running for office. Of course, not all Democrats are for gun control. Those candidates can either join the movement or sit on the sidelines. There are three key words: Bold — Democrats can’t worry about losing pro-gun votes; United — Democrats need to clearly identify gun control as their primary issue; Swift — Democrats need to act quickly so that this concept is embedded well before November elections.

As long as gun owner “rights” outweigh the right of a child to live, there will be no end to these killings. The Democrats have the ability to change this. Will they?

Jay Keiser, Middletown



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