Human beings are capable of both great evil and great good. This country recently had an example of the evil humans are capable of with the shootings in Aurora, Colo.
Adolf Hitler and those in collusion with him systematically attempted to destroy not only every Jew in Europe, but also the mentally ill, handicapped, gays and gypsies. The end result was that over 12 million people were systematically and deliberately murdered during the 1930s and 1940s.
Few of the guilty ever saw justice, and most would deny their guilt. Hitler did not invent evil, but he was really good at it because of modern equipment.
The Armenian Massacre, which occurred in the late 1910s, saw nearly 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Empire.
The list of those murderers goes on and on with Stalin and the Gulag, and the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, when an estimated 800,00 people were murdered.
Evil has become easier with modern weaponry, but has been with us since the beginning of time.
The only way to control such evil is to control weaponry. There is no reason for the average person to be able to own semi-automatic weapons.
A assault weapon is not needed for hunting-deer that is.
In 1994, the Federal Assault Weapons barred the manufacture and importation of semi-automatic weapons for civilians, including the AR-15 used by the Aurora killer. High-capacity magazines that feed large numbers of bullets were also banned. It expired in 2004.
The law should be reenacted for the safety of the innocent.
We greatly value our freedom in this country, but we all have to abide by laws for the safety of others.
We have speed limits on the highway and drive on the right side of the road, have to license our cars and show active car insurance, send our kids to school, and mow our lawns. Some people may not like following those laws, but most of us follow those limits to maintain an orderly society or at least for fear of the consequences.
Hunters still have plenty of options. They can hunt with a bow and arrow or use a rifle.
As long as they are safe from children, home owners should be free to have a weapon.
There is no reason for a hunter to need a semi-automatic rifle carrying 100 rounds.
The 1994 ban on semi-automatic weapons should be re-enacted, and a country-wide database set up to track those buying large amounts of weaponry and ammunition.