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  • The assault weapon cartoon on Dec. 18 was a disservice to the current gun control conversation.
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  • The assault weapon cartoon on Dec. 18 was a disservice to the current gun control conversation.
    A fully automatic assault rifle, i.e. a rifle which fires multiple rounds with one trigger pull at the rate of 650-750 rounds per minute (as pictured in the cartoon) is classified as a machine gun and has been outlawed for years. This type of weapon was not used in Newtown nor any other school shooting. Such a cartoon at best is mis-information. At worst, it is fear mongering and an attempt to exploit the fear of readers to promote sweeping gun control measures.
    When Vice President Biden offers his proposal in January, I hope we all take the time to understand exactly what weapons are part of his proposal and whether the guns are used for hunting, sport, etc. Only then can we distinguish between weapons that ought to be legal and those which should be restricted. — Lauren Green, Medford
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