During the Vietnam War young men were issued the M-16 rifle for use in battle. Since that time, many semiautomatic weapons have been produced for self-defense and hunting. These are today’s norm, and not thought of by most as an assault weapon, but as a self-defense and hunting tool.
The knee-jerk reaction to these rifles is strange to many hunters. Semiautomatic action rifles have been around since the 1940s and no one seemed to mind. Now, they are manufactured to look like the M-16 to appeal to that generation of men and women because that’s what they are accustomed to.
Suddenly politicians and liberals have a target for their fears. Now, these rifles are the target and focus of people who don’t understand that these military-looking rifles have been in use since the 1960s without much notice. The people using them are just coming to this country or influenced by propaganda from the Middle East.
Maybe we need to look at the people using these rifles, and stop blaming something that has been around for 70 years with no problem.
Rodney Thorne, Kennewick