Traverse City Record-Eagle

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February 14, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 02/14/2013

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Lyle K. Reed

Zephyrhills, Fla.

The writer is a former Traverse City resident.

Walker gets an 'F'

Do people really think they need assault weapons that fire 100 bullets without reloading to protect themselves? Do we really think that the federal government will confiscate our guns? If that is our fear, it seems to be a bit unrealistic when the federal government has drones and other sophisticated weapons which could be used far more effectively than gun power.

Where does this intense fear come from? And how many individuals must be sacrificed to salve this fear? Certainly, other methods of lessening violence are needed, but if banning assault weapons and large magazine clips saves one child's life, I'm in favor.

Our Michigan Sen. Howard Walker states, "I will oppose any efforts at the state level to implement an assault weapons ban." He may get an "A" from the NRA, but he gets an "F" from those of us concerned about the level of violence in our state and nation.

Lou Ann McKimmy

Rapid City

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