Greed is foiling sensible policy on guns, ammo

I’ve owned a gun or guns now for more than 75 years. I hunted big game for about 50 of those years with a Remington model 740 30.06 rifle that held six rounds and was for decades the most popular hunting rifle. My first shotgun used for game birds was a double-barreled 20-gauge and I had a 12-gauge shotgun in my big boy years. Shotguns used for hunting can hold only three rounds by law in this state. But a “street sweeper” shotgun holds 12 rounds. I don’t know if the new magazine limits in our state changed that or not but how about that? A gun made to hunt ducks can only hold three rounds but a gun made to control or kill humans can hold 12 rounds.

My first thought about these God-awful massacres using weapons made to kill as many people as fast as you can is why? Why do hunters need a weapon that holds 1o, 20, 30 or more rounds, or bullets, to hunt with? Why is it “gun control” to limit the size of a gun magazine? Why is it a “slippery slope” to gun control to demand background checks for prospective gun owners? Why is it a threat to owning a gun to ask for mental health exams for prospective gun owners?

I think we all know the answers. It isn’t “gun control” or a “slippery slope” or anything else but pure and simple greed. It’s profits for gun and ammunition manufacturers. It’s money in the treasury of the NRA and money in the campaign coffers of politicians.

And it’s more needlessly dead men, women, and helpless children. How can our elected representatives in Congress live with themselves?

Don Curtis

Stanwood

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