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Federal court ruling on assault rifle ban makes no sense [Letter]

The most popular rifle in America is the AR-15, which looks like M-16 but does not operate like one. Maryland's legislature banned the look in spite of fact that the function never matched ("Federal judge upholds assault rifle ban," Aug. 12).

Science and records say assault rifles are seldom involved in crime. Research and common sense says good guys with guns save lives. While cops are usually good guys, their failure rate is high. Maryland put almost 60 bad cops in jail over the last two years.

Mind you, the recent ruling upholding Maryland's ban on assault rifles was issued during a week celebrating the fact that citizens of Baltimore grabbed their military style firearms and took them to Patterson Park, where they dug trenches to defend the city against an invading British army in 1812.

One young man who had a Tennessee Long Rifle perched in a tree on North Point Road and took out a British general at 200 yards. After that his troops decided they had something better to do and returned to their ships.

The federal judge banned civilians from owning AR-15s but said it is OK for cops to have higher functioning M-16s with 30-round magazines.

That's insanity. I want my freedom back.

Bill Krehnbrink

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