U.S. should fol­low Aus­tralia’s lead on gun con­trol

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - OPINION -

Once again, an Amer­i­can has used a rapid-fir­ing as­sault ri­fle to kill a lot of peo­ple in a short pe­riod of time. That is what as­sault ri­fles are de­signed to do. There is no log­i­cal rea­son Amer­i­cans are al­lowed to pos­sess as­sault ri­fles. Pos­ses­sion of as­sault ri­fles should be pro­hib­ited. Un­for­tu­nately, the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion has cast as­sault ri­fles as be­ing nec­es­sary to pre­vent a gov­ern­ment takeover of Amer­ica. This is a trea­sonous NRA nar­ra­tive. There has never been an at­tempt at a gov­ern­ment takeover of Amer­ica. In the ’90s, Aus­tralia ex­pe­ri­enced a spate of gun mas­sacres. Aus­tralia greatly tough­ened their gun laws, in­clud­ing buy­ing back as­sault ri­fles. There have been no more gun mas­sacres in Aus­tralia and the rate of gun vi­o­lence has been cut in half. Amer­ica needs to fol­low the lead of Aus­tralia. It is time to ban as­sault ri­fles and bump stocks like the kind used in the Las Ve­gas mas­sacre. WAL­TER KEITH, BROOKHAVEN

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