Thursday March 8, 2018
The right to bear arms is one thing; an arsenal of military-style weapons is something else.
Mob wars in Chicago came to national attention on Feb. 14, 1929, when seven gangsters were lined up against a wall in a Chicago warehouse and machine-gunned to death by rival criminals dressed in police uniforms. Mob boss Al Capone was tied to this horrible crime but was never charged because he was comfortable in his Florida mansion at the time of the murders. He eventually went to jail for tax evasion.
Another St. Valentine's Day massacre took place this year, as 17 people were gunned down in a Florida high school. The 19-year-old shooter was reportedly an unstable individual. Information delivered to the FBI weeks earlier was ignored and never fully investigated.
On Feb. 20, the Reading Eagle published a front-page editorial condemning this horrible act ("It's time to stop enabling massacres") and asked for stricter gun-control laws. I agree wholeheartedly on this, and I also favor more detailed background checks and raising the minimum age for owning an assault weapon to 21.
But with the approval of our own government and support from the National Rifle Association, ownership of semiautomatic weapons is considered one of our basic rights under the Second Amendment, which establishes the right to bear arms.
I don't remember reading anything that allows us to keep an arsenal. What sportsman needs a military-style weapon? I mean, how many bullets can you put in a rabbit and still have enough meat left to make a meal?
Stricter gun control very much in order