12:30 PM EST, December 25, 2012
I am neither a gun owner nor "gun grabber," as the National Rifle Association likes to call anyone who thinks military-style firearms are unnecessary to protect one's home ("Battle lines form in gun debate," Dec. 19).
Those who are vulnerable to the NRA's paranoid talk need to think about what they are so afraid of. If you think that an assault rifle with a clip of 100 bullets will save you from some imagined attack by the government, you are wrong.
Deer hunting doesn't require semi-automatic or automatic weapons. If I hear "guns don't kill people, people do" once more, I'll know the speaker is irrational.
I think law-abiding, sane members of the NRA should drop out and leave the paranoid fringe to stay until they fade away. The NRA appeals to fear and hate in people.
The best quick fix until we can write good legislation would be to outlaw all ammunition immediately. We can also talk about mental health needs since the states have cut programs back over the last few years. And we need to look at the entertainment industry that promotes violence.
We have had this discussion before but done nothing. Not this time I hope.
Ronni Pearl, Lutherville
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