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Other than mafia wars, I can't recall mass shootings before 80s

To the editor,
After reading John Rodgers letter of February 22, I felt it necessary to respond as the content of the letter led me to assume that he, at least in part, was referring to me.
1. I don't recall anyone referring to the tragedy in Newtown as a conspiracy, at least I know I didn't. I will say though that when Rahm Emanuel was Obama's chief of staff he said, and I quote, "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste." I believe that's the mindset of the Obama presidency.
2. When someone is elected president they are supposed to, whether they have an R in front of their name or a D, represent all of the people. I have yet to see anything in his agenda that is representative of me. I am a conservative and he is a socialist/liberal who I didn't vote for in 2008 because I didn't think he was qualified and I didn't vote for him in 2012 because he had proven it. As far as him wanting to ban all guns, I can guarantee you that if a bill to confiscate all firearms came to his desk he would jump on his golf cart and head for the White House so fast that one might think that Danica Patrick was running her qualifying lap for the Daytona 500 on Pennsylvania Avenue. You can have him.
3. I also have no recollection of any one mentioning anything about doors being kicked in, so I guess that's a figment of your imagination. The only thing that was brought up was the idea of being prepared to protect yourself and your family as best you can so I guess that would include somebody kicking in my door. I would advise against it.
4. Mr. Rodgers I have no idea if you are a gun hater or not and I don't believe I recall anyone insinuating that you are; I just think you and others are misinformed.
5. Of course the NRA is supported by gun manufacturers, which to me is no different than AARP supporting every company in the country they can get a cut from to forward to the DNC.
6. What type of background check would have prevented the tragedy in Newtown?
7. Now to the preposterous proliferation of semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-15 etc. First a little history. The first semi-auto rifle was produced by Winchester in 1903. It was a .22 auto. caliber. In 1905 Winchester followed with a center-fire model of the gun and you had a choice of .32 or .35 cal. And either a 5 or 10 shot magazine. Both of these calibers are much larger than the .223 which the AR-15 is chambered for. So in reality, we've had semi-auto rifles for over one hundred years and some of these rifles had hi-capacity magazines. The only difference between these rifles and the so-called assault type weapons is the physical appearance. I've stated this before and I will say it again, give me a half an hour with a semi-auto hunting rifle, a few tools and a can of paint and you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two. I can't remember any mass shootings, except for the mafia wars, before the 1980s. If I'm wrong I'm sure I'll be corrected. If you watch the violent movies and video games that were produced in that time frame what do you see? You see assault type weapons in all of them. These shootings have in almost all cases been perpetrated by young people so I suggest you do the math.
8. As far as buffoonery goes I have seen a lot more evidence of it in the letters from the misinformed. As far as the pig comment is concerned, you are apparently relying on misinformation there also. The facts are that pigs, when given the proper living conditions, are very clean animals and it is also a fact that they are very intelligent , so if that comment was aimed at me, thank you.
9. Last but not least, just in case you're interested, I don't own an assault type rifle and have no desire to.
Dave Schwotzer
Meredith
 
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