Published DateTo the editor,
Many thanks to Mr. Rodgers for pointing out last week what an idiot I am. It's okay, I get that a lot. And I don't have any problem at all with the truth of anything. But excuse me if I continue to have questions when the facts have changed over time. It shouldn't matter what kind of gun was used and I'm willing to drop the whole thing if some one can explain this. On December 15, NBC News and MSNBC were running the report that first responders found the AR-15 in the trunk of the car. Here is the clip if anyone cares to watch it. (http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50208495#50208495) Shortly after that, agents from the ATF and such arrived and locked down the crime scene. Many days later, the new version of what happened came out with the rifle as the main gun that was used. This from the people who walked hundreds of rifles over the Mexican border in operation Fast and Furious for some twisted political gain. To walk just one gun across a parking lot would be a piece of cake. It's one of the oldest tricks in the world, to throw down a gun and alter a crime scene. When it comes to the politics of gun control, the government has a credibility problem.
As to the question of why would anyone want a military style rifle, It is simply because we can. That right is most clearly defined in the 1939 Supreme Court case U.S. V. Miller, 307 U.S. 174, where the arms referred to as in "the right to keep and bear arms" are described as weapons suitable for military use that are in common use at the time. That is the way it has always been and that is the reason why AR-15's are the most popular gun in America. That case also draws the line about what guns are civilian legal and which ones are controlled by special permits, like automatic machine guns and short barreled rifles. You can't blame the NRA for that.