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.50 BMG or Box Cutters?

From: "Benjamin Cashner" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 17:24:16 -0600
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 rifle,"

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 and terrorism."

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
(319) 3xx-xxxx


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