Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Disappointed in Cutler's support of bill
TO THE EDITORS:
Although I am disappointed that my state Representative Bryan Cutler, is supporting Rep. Metcalfe's "Right to Bear Arms Protection Act bill," at least Cutler was honest enough to admit that his endorsement was simply political posturing.
Cutler knows full well that neither our president nor other advocates for legislation for full background checks for those who wish to purchase guns has ever suggested that we abolish the Second Amendment. Nor have those who advocate for federal laws to ban the ownership of assault-type weapons or excessively large ammunition clips ever suggested that our government confiscate legally purchased guns.
When I was a Boy Scout, I joined the NRA, which had a primary mission to educate people about responsible and safe use of guns. It appears that the NRA has abandoned that mission and is now primarily interested in protecting gun manufacturers.
Polls have indicated that the majority of gun owners, and even NRA members, endorse the discontinuance of ownership of assault weapons to non-military, non-law enforcement citizens.
Legislation to prohibit assault weapons and large ammunition clips is not the sole solution to limiting mass murders, but clearly would contribute to the diminishment of such violence.