Your column is intelligent, thoughtful and insightful. I more or less agree with much of you said about the Second Amendment. Some of the other stuff, not so much.
In any event, thank you for your honest statement of why people want assault rifles with 50-shot magazines. You didn’t trot out the standard silly notions we usually hear about people needing them to defend against burglars or for hunting exceptionally large deer.
Yes, you said it — the NRA people really want these guns so that they will be able to go to war with the government when, in their view, it takes away too much of their freedom, or to fight the U.N. troops they fear will invade across the Mexican border, or to shoot down the black helicopters, or maybe after five or ten viewings of Red Dawn, to be prepared for the feared Russian invasion.
The bigger question is whether the rest of us deserve to suffer to satisfy their paranoia.
Sincerely, Thank You for a very good column.