Published DateTo the editor,
"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is," said Winston Churchill and I pass this on to Adam Moon in Tilton, who asserts that I've been "duped by lies" and fallen for the "big lie", though I don't know what that is.
First, the Connecticut State Police have repeatedly stated that the Bushmaster rifle served as the main weapon in the Newtown school shooting. I direct anyone denying this to the State Police's Jan. 18 news release which says, in part, "In previous press conferences, the Connecticut State Police clearly identified all of the weapons seized from the crime scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
To eliminate any confusion or misinformation, we will again describe and identify the weapons seized at the school crime scene.
Seized inside the school:
#1. Bushmaster .223 caliber– model XM15-E2S rifle with high capacity 30 round clips
#2. Glock 10 mm handgun
#3. Sig-Sauer P226 9mm handgun
Seized from suspect's car in parking lot:
#4. Izhmash Canta-12 12 gauge Shotgun"
State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance also said, "There is no doubt that the rifle was used to kill 26 people in that school."
But that's the police and they may be part of the "big lie" (whatever that is). So I consulted Red State.com, the home of "Powerful Conservative Voices" where its editor, Erick Erickson, has an article titled, "Setting the Record Straight: Adam Lanza did use the Bushmaster AR-15."
Seems to me the only people denying that the assault rifle was used are the same ones who believe the whole thing was a made-up movie produced by the government to push its agenda.
But this is what I meant about nonsensical and sophomoric arguments. Really, facts don't matter so let's roll out mendacity and circular reasoning. If you, Mr. Moon, believe everyone has the right to own "military style weapons" and thereby see any attempt to regulate or reduce the existence of those weapons as a precursor to civil war, then where do we start the discussion? You now have gone straight to home invasions and the end of our republic (can you say fear mongering and slippery slope)?
Honestly, just tell me why civilians need these assault weapons that are modeled after military guns (only semi-automatic). The military doesn't let trained soldiers take weapons home; why should civilians be able to? And, Mr. Moon, no one is calling for a blanket ban on guns. Again, it's time to start looking objectively at the bigger picture — the gun industry has turned into a behemoth tied to the NRA with the sole interest of selling more and more guns, that have become more and more like something out of cartoon (a gun owner just told me about the new semi-automatic shotgun that can be "tricked out" with an extended magazine allowing for rapid fire without reloading; "It'd be heavy but you could get off 20-plus rounds," he said).
So, Mr. Moon, there it is — the truth.
John M. Rodgers