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Web letter: Media, government shift gun responsibility

It’s started again: A push to ban so-called assault weapons. Blame the object, not society. However, I am amazed at the absolute stupidity of the mass media pertaining to firearms.

“Clips” and “bullets” are used in place of the proper terms, magazines and cartridges. Why is this so important? Because it proves to me that the media and our elected officials in Washington know nothing and prefer to know nothing about firearms and the millions of us that legally own them.

The media and politicians also do not know, or do not care, why the Second Amendment was included in our Bill of Rights. James Madison, in the 46th letter as found in the Federalist papers, explains the reason for the Second Amendment. This information is easily found online on the Internet.

Times have most certainly changed since I hunted squirrels as a 14-year-old back in 1942. I was able to carry my .22 rifle openly on my back while riding my bicycle through Fort Wayne. I was never stopped or questioned. That rifle, by the way, has never killed anything but squirrels.

Since then, I note as a Korean War veteran approaching 85 years of age that the moral guidance existing back in 1942 is now in the process of being replaced. The government has grown larger, much larger, and believes that it has become the new moral guidance.

As proof of this, legislation is everywhere, enacting the “new” moral code against objects but not against the person. Personal responsibility is becoming obsolete, replaced by the government’s “we will take care of you” philosophy.

WAYNE A. DOENGES New Haven

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