Banning semi-automatics will help prevent mass shootings

Published: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Re "Teen seeking teacher shoots student instead" (Page A6, Dec. 14): Last week’s school shooting in Centennial, Colo., followed a common pattern for such violence: Normal weapon (a shotgun, in this case), and one victim. That's bad, but with the semi-automatic weapons favored by the National Rifle Association, the shooting could have been another massacre. I've read that the NRA represents one-tenth of 1 percent of the U.S. population. Yet it seems the organization owns Congress. My uncle always hunted for food, but he only needed one shot for a kill. He kept a double-barreled shotgun to protect his home. Why does the NRA think we need semi-automatics? It's time that we voters demand true representation from our elected officials and get real gun control laws passed.

-- Shari Baelfyr, Rio Linda

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