Ban the weapons

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - OPINION -

I read “Limit gun own­er­ship” (Nov. 13). The let­ter writer is right on: Ban all weapons of war. Al­low law-abid­ing cit­i­zens to have nonau­to­matic guns. I’d even go along with his sug­ges­tion of al­low­ing au­to­matic weapons to be rented and used only at li­censed fa­cil­i­ties.

But I’d like to add an­other point: Gun ad­vo­cates ar­gue it should be le­gal to buy semi­au­to­matic and even au­to­matic weapons be­cause some lawabid­ing cit­i­zens en­joy col­lect­ing and shoot­ing them. By that logic, a pur­pose of the Sec­ond Amend­ment of our Con­sti­tu­tion is to guar­an­tee the right to a hobby! No, the Sec­ond Amend­ment clearly states it is for the pur­pose of pro­vid­ing for a well-reg­u­lated mili­tia. Why are the amend­ment’s very first words “well-reg­u­lated” even open to de­bate?

Elizabeth Horowitz, Berke­ley

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