Fear and misunderstanding of our firearm classification system

Dear Editor:
I am responding to a recent letter to the editor that I feel is full of misinformation (titled, “Assault rifles not wanted by majority”, pg. 6, July 14 issue). It is letters like this that propagates fear and misunderstanding of our firearm classification system. If you refer to any dictionary for the breakdown of what an assault rifle is you will find that the AR-15 is not an assault rifle. No U.S. states have banned the AR-15 or AK-47.

The AR-15 is the same semi automatic rifle that thousands of hunters use in Canada except the AR-15 has a little plastic grip on it. The AR-15 is also the most popular platform for hunting in North America.

People like the writer, are the first to say don’t judge this group or that group based on what one person does but have no problem trying to take away my rights because of what happened in a different country.

Also I would like to thank the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the NFA (National Firearms Association) for protecting my rights from knee jerk reactionaries.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” – Benjamin Franklin circa 1755.
Jason Tessier
Drumheller, Ab.

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