Monday, May 20, 2013
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Fifth-generation dairy farmer Libby Bleakney runs Highland Farms in Cornish with her family.
2013 File Photo/Gabe Souza
The gun control effort is not about cosmetics nor technical definitions of weaponry and does not seek to obliterate anyone's Second Amendment rights. This so-called "assault" on gun owners' rights is not a high-capacity, rapid-fire onslaught against all guns nor their owners.
It is, though, a limited-capacity onslaught where the outcome will be a lessening of deaths. It's just common sense: Less ammo power = Fewer deaths.
The Bushmaster's cosmetics are fine and handguns are handy, but take the high-capacity magazines off the shelf.
If a person truly thinks they need to have a firearm that can do so much damage in such a short period of time, their own mental clarity might be questioned during the gun owner screenings that some pro-gun lobbyists say they'd support.
My sense, though, is that when they see these particulars, their support will quickly wane. If you think limiting guns is difficult, wait until you try to qualify someone's mental health.
Of the approaches being aired toward lessening gun deaths, many have merit, but "cosmetics" is not the issue. Magazine capacities are the issue, and Sen. King needs to stop diverting the discussion with "cosmetics." It's wasting precious time.