.50 BMG or Box Cutters?
From: "Benjamin Cashner"
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 17:24:16 -0600
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
Subject: .50 caliber Rifles
Dear Gazette Opinion Page:
Iowans for the Prevention of Gun
Violence (IPGV) is now supporting restrictions on .50-caliber target rifles,
for all practical purposes banning it for common citizens. If this ban had made
their agenda a few months ago they no doubt would have told us that it was necessary
to reduce crime or prevent suicides. Now however, feeding on the public's current
fears (which is what these groups do best), IPGV says it is necessary because
these rifles are "a perfect weapon for assassination and terrorism."
This is very convenient for IPGV since these heavy, awkward rifles have never
been used in a crime in America. Ever. But, if banned, it would be one more
gun off their never-ending list and they could move on to the next. If IPGV
really wants to ban the preferred weapon of terrorists, perhaps they should
start with box cutters.
Secondly, let's not be fooled into
believing that IPGV is just some grassroots group of "concerned" Iowans.
IPGV and many of the small gun-control groups are little more than puppet organizations
for the larger, well funded anti-gun extremist groups. Consider the almost verbatim
similarities between the statements of Tom Diaz from the large, anti-gun Violence
Policy Center earlier this year and of IPGV's director John W. Johnson as quoted
in a recent Gazette article on .50-caliber rifles:
Diaz: "It is indeed almost impossible
to exaggerate the lethality of these weapons of war." Johnson: "It
is almost impossible to exaggerate the lethality of the .50-caliber sniper
Diaz: "Translate that into civilian terms
and you have the perfect weapon for assassination and terrorism..." Johnson:
"(B)ut in civilian terms, you have a perfect weapon for assassination
It's easy to see who is controlling
the IPGV's agenda and it's not the people of Iowa.
Benjamin R. Cashner
xxx xth Ave. Apt x
Marion IA 5230x
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