published Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Your community/your voice: Semi-Automatics rarely used in crimes

Semi-Automatics rarely used in crimes

A recent letter to the editor criticizing an NRA recommendation to have armed security at all schools showed a total lack of knowledge of firearms. Obviously, the author does not know the difference between a fully automatic firearm and a semi-automatic firearm.

In the recent Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., shootings, the rifles used were AR-15 patterned semi-automatics: one trigger-pull -- one shot. There were no fully automatic firearms used.

Fully automatic firearms rarely are used in crimes. To my knowledge, the last time a fully automatic rifle was used in a well-known shooting was in the infamous 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery shootout.

There is a popular misconception, even among members of the news media, that the firearms used in recent mass shootings fire more than one round per trigger-pull. That is simply not the case.

AR-15 style rifles use the same operating system as most .22 rifles and semi-automatic shotguns. Semi-automatic designed firearms have been in use since the 1890s and have been widely used all these years for hunting and target shooting. Even the often vilified AR-15 has many hunting applications and is used in a number of competitive shooting competitions.


Conservatives can carry baggage, too

In recent column on the political comeback of disgraced former New York City Congressman Anthony Weiner, columnist Ron Hart writes, "Only in liberal, Northern, big-city politics can such a candidate with so much baggage even think about a comeback."

Apparently Mr. Hart is unaware of the fact that disgraced former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who turned "hiking the Appalachian Trail" into a euphemism for cheating on one's wife, is already in the midst of such a comeback in his home state, where he is running for Congress.

Sanford is a conservative Republican, he is Southern and he is running in a rural district. Perhaps Mr. Hart should consider that no party, ideology or region has a monopoly on philandering, ambitious, ego-maniacal politicians.

DAVID B. COE, Sewanee, Tenn.

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anniebelle said...

And how about David Vitter in Louisiana. He hired whores from both his state and D.C., yet I still see him on the Senate floor. That's the trouble with not knowing anything except what Faux News feeds you, you end up looking like the fool that you are.

May 2, 2013 at 6:33 a.m.
Lr103 said...

Don't forget DesJarlais, from Tennessee's own backyard.

May 2, 2013 at 9:28 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

I was going to mention those guys, too (Vitter and DesJarlais). What Weiner did pales in comparison to the vile acts of those guys. He was obviously involved in some improper sexual dalliance and he should have known better than to do what he did and not expect to be found out, but the only person he should have answered to was his fiancée. He did not deserve nationwide censure or the loss of his job. I guess if he had pulled the typical Republican stunt of saying that Jesus forgave him he might have been able to carry on. I'll give the Repubs credit...they know a good thing when they see it. That "Jesus-has-forgiven-me" card seems to work for them pretty good.

May 2, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.
Plato said...

Jeff Fisher said: "AR-15 style rifles use the same operating system as most .22 rifles and semi-automatic shotguns."

That's true but there are legally obtainable "bump fire" modifications on the market that will allow the AR-15 to shoot up to 900 rounds per minute. That's automatic fire by any definition.

May 2, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.
Leaf said...

Well, I would prefer that the people we elect to run our country would have a little common sense and self control, and not NEED to be forgiven and born again all the damn time.

I've never done any of the crazy immoral stuff that DeJarlais has, but I'm sure his followers think he's morally superior to me since I don't go to their church. Poor dumb rubes.

May 3, 2013 at 10:31 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Someone defending Weiner. Choice.

No one is defending Weiner. Or Edwards, or any other Dem. Just pointing out double standards. It is just as outrageous that Sanford is trying to come back.

May 3, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.
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