Time to ban assault rifles

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For much of my life, I have struggled with depression. But I don't own a gun, and I don't want to own a gun.

The political discourse enveloping us seeks to draw a direct connection between mental illness and murder. This false equivalence does a disservice to the tens of millions of Americans suffering from mental illnesses (including 16 million with depression).

We are also distracted from the real issue: Guns, and specifically assault rifles.

These weapons of war belong only in the hands of the police and the military. It is time to ban assault rifles.

Enough is enough.

Mike Perricone

Riverside

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Ben Venuti  

Posted: April 12th, 2018 11:22 AM

While assault weapons are ALREADY BANNED, I think he was referring to the weapons that can be modified to act like assault weapons or have similar capability to kill people. You know, Viv, like the guns that fellow in Las Vegas had when he killed 58 people and wounded 851 in a matter of minutes. Those weapons ARE NOT BANNED.

Vivian Franks  

Posted: April 12th, 2018 1:38 AM

I'm confused as to what your point is here. If you're depressed, you might use a gun to shoot a lot of people, so we should ban assault rifles? Are you not aware that "assault weapons" ARE ALREADY BANNED? And if you're trying to use depression to prove your point, in that case, let's ban express Metra trains because a man stepped out in front of one a few weeks ago IN RIVERSIDE. "Banning" things is not the answer.

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