Letters to the Editor

Not very sporting

It’s scary when a college graduate like David Burnett writes a lengthy and articulate commentary about the fallacy of gun control efforts, almost like some exercise in cognitive dissonance.

To set the record straight: Armalite patented the AR-15 design in the late 1950s. Colt licensed it, and it became the M-16, essentially our main battle rifle to this day. M-16 rifles have a three-position selector switch: safe, fire and rock-and-roll. Civilian models do not have the tertiary choice, but hey, who needs full automatic when targeting unarmed and cowering subjects.

In Vietnam, standard infantrymen carried 20-round magazines. At close range for a charging enemy, a three-round burst of automatic fire was proven to be more deadly than repeated automatic firing. Combat training emphasized the critical need for muscle memory magazine exchange — lock-and-load.

Even a 10-round magazine capacity, for a sporting rifle, is absurd. My definition of “sporting” is capacity of five or fewer rounds. Very exceptional target rifles shoot one round.

Laws are not needed to curb violence but to curb runaway gun culture. Gun culture leaders like Burnett should admit that there is a stark difference between Remington Model 700 and Sig Sauer MCX, and as such, engage in discourse to inform regulation of ownership, purchase procedure and marketing.

Doug Epling

Lexington

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