From a FB friend:
When those of us with no connection to gun culture speak after the latest gun massacre, we are easily dismissed.
So I thought I would post these comments by our friend (deleted). Reposted from his page.
First - I am a gun owner and hunter. I was raised in a family where a rifle or shotgun was often used to provide food for the week or the year.
Second - I am the son of a WW II light machine gunner, I am a retired USAF officer and Gulf War vet, yet I am outraged that a country that places peace and prosperity over all else, also provides an environment where anyone, and I mean anyone can get a tool designed and bred on the battle field purely to kill and maim as many human beings as possible.
We, you and I, allow this to happen. People actually are providing organizations and politicians millions of dollars to allow AK-47s, AR-15s, double stacked Glock, Colt, Springfield Armory, and the list goes on to produce their versions of the same devices I qualified on the range with during my military career. Please know, there are very few differences between the M-16 I qualified with in the military and the AR-15 currently sold on the market. Both would send a .223 round at it’s target every time you touch the trigger until the magazine was empty. By the way, the extended magazines and new calibers available for these weapons far exceed the volume and ballistics of my military M-16.
Why do people donate to the NRA and politicians to allow and support access to these weapons? Because they have the right, the right to bear arms. Not the right to hunt or shoot skeet and enjoy the shooting sports, but the right to own, give away, loan, privately sell, or profit from military weapons.
So, what were the rights of the police officer that responded to the shooting scene armed only with his service hand gun? What were the rights of the 62 y/o Mom, wife, and Grand Mother that went to pick up groceries? What were the rights of the children at Columbine? Put yourself in the place of the husbands or wives of the survivors waking up this morning no longer having the presence and love of those most dear to them, or you.
PLEASE, be Outraged!! Please, help protect those you love and your neighbors by demanding access to military style weapons be stopped and controlled as the killing machines they were intended to be.
Don’t let the NRA and people like Senator Ted Cruz get away with words like “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”. Again, these weapons were designed to kill and maim as many people as possible in a short period of time, and overwhelm an opponents ability to return fire. We need to stand up to these lies, gas lighting, and campaigns of mis-information.
If you want to make a difference, write your congressman, call out the NRA and politicians peddling these un-truths and consider joining organizations like Giffords, Vote Vets, and our President that like you and me have said, “enough is enough!”