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Reasonable citizens demand reasonable gun control laws

Three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento. While the guns look similar, the bottom version is illegal in California because of its quick reload capabilities.
Three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento. While the guns look similar, the bottom version is illegal in California because of its quick reload capabilities. Associated Press

In my opinion, the right to live in society with an expectation of safety supersedes any fabricated right to own a weapon without any controls.

The unlimited gun ownership argument is not going to go away anytime soon, but it is way past time to try to agree on some reasonable, sensible and logical restrictions.

A control that requires the purchase of large quantities of high-caliber ammunition be reported to authorities sounds reasonable. The “gun-show loophole” — which allows private sales of any and all weapons without licensing or background checks of any kind — could be modified without offending reasonable citizens.

I have yet to hear a reasonable argument for the private ownership of any military assault weapon. I believe isolating this type of weapon in discussions of gun control would have the support of the vast majority of reasonable citizens.

It would be of major value to hear a potential political candidate speak clearly on their position in regard to issues related to gun violence. Clearly, this is a complex and emotional issue, but we can no longer ignore the elephant in the room.

Eli Barbour, Templeton

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