The Washington Post

Failed policies drive gun sales

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Regarding the July 28 news article “Gunmakers used ‘manipulati­ve marketing’ to sell rifles, House report says”:

For many years, I did not have a gun. I did not hunt or target shoot. Where did all this manipulati­ve marketing come from? I never saw it. I consider myself an average male who reads magazines and newspapers, yet I never once saw marketing material for me to go out and buy a gun. House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) indicated five companies made $1 billion over 10 years by selling civilians “military-style assault weapons.” What exactly is military-style? Is that like a Maryland-style crab cake? We have no assault weapons legally on the streets. That’s a made-up term to spark fear.

I purchased my first firearm after my house was broken into, with my wife and baby in bed. Over the years, I bought more, largely for self-defense. This oversight committee needs to understand that reducing jail time and penalties and allowing criminals to go free send people into gun shops. Politician­s’ failed policies have driven the gun market.

Donald Poole, Waldorf

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