No need for assault weapons

When we thought Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, we went to war against them. When we have domestic weapons of mass destruction in our midst, we talk about background checks that only apply to weapons purchased from a dealer.

How ridiculous can it get? To protect from weapons of mass destruction, you must get rid of the weapons or render them harmless. There is no other way.

A possible solution is to have a government buyback with reasonable compensation for a limited time. At the end of this time it would be a felony to own one that is not converted to single-shot operation. The single-shot option could be relatively easily done, and it would still allow the owner to use his weapon. Any guns owned after the end of the buyback that are not converted to single-shot operation should be confiscated without compensation and the owner charged accordingly.

Face it, background checks do not work. Remove the threat to stop the mass killings.

Richard Sager, Leesburg 

 

The Consoler-in-Chief

We recently witnessed three racist-, ethnic-motivated mass shootings in three different locations — Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio — leaving 32 dead and dozens more injured.

And what is The Donald's response? According to news reports: "We vow to act with urgent resolve!"

Does that mean that there will be meaningful gun-control legislation? Of course not, since The Donald and his lock-step Trumpsters blame it all on a "mental health crisis." No doubt, there is a mental health crisis afflicting our great nation, the most evident of which afflicts The Donald himself. But ineffective "band-aids" will not provide a remedy for this crisis.

And no matter how one cuts it, guns kill people. The United States can boast that there are 90 firearms held in private hands for every 100 people in our nation, more than double the number of any other nation on Earth, and more than the next 10 nations combined.

These atrocities were admittedly instigated by Trump's anti-ethnic and racist rants as were the killings and other racially and ethnically motivated crimes that occurred in Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, south Texas, Charleston, Louisiana and the list continues to grow on a near daily basis. And I have not even included the killing of five members of the Yakima Nation tribe of Native Americans in White Swan, Washington, on June 8, an episode that received little, if any, national press coverage.

During his tenure, Donald Trump has portrayed himself as "the most smartest" (his words, not mine) president in our history; and the "least racist" (again, his words, not mine) president in history. And now he is trying to portray himself as the "most empathetic" president in history with the shedding of his crocodile tears for the victims.

So far, in my view, he is 0 for 3. When and if he and his lackeys in Congress provide us with meaningful gun-control legislation, including universal and effective background checks for gun purchases while doing away with the gun show and Internet transaction exceptions; and meaningful registration of privately owned firearms to try to reduce the numbers that are now held anonymously and used at will; and meaningful legislation to prohibit the sale and purchase of automatic and semi-automatic large-capacity military-style weapons (how many bullets does it take to bring down a deer, for heaven's sake?), then and only then will I believe that Donald Trump has the nation's interests and welfare in the forefront, rather than his own self-satisfying and ego-driven self aggrandizement.

Donald Trump is a disgrace to our great nation and is, without question, the worst catastrophe to befall the United States of America in its history. And as that great American philosopher, Pogo Possum, once observed: "We have met the enemy, and he is us!" We have only ourselves to blame for Donald J. Trump.

Daniel J. Andrews, Esq. (Ret.), The Villages