Here are some recent instances of misinformation relating to guns.
I’ve been waiting for someone with more knowledge on these matters to speak up, but maybe they are out hunting.
Thomas Slothower recently stated in a letter [“Limit the sale of AR-15s,” The Reader’s Voice, March 1] that an “assault style” gun allows you to pull the trigger and the bullets just keep flying until the magazine is empty. That does not accurately describe most of the guns used in the list of shootings that was recently written about.
In almost every instance listed, the shooter needed to pull the trigger once per bullet. The only exceptions were the Las Vegas shooting, in which the gun was modified, and the other instance in which a girl accidentally shot her instructor with an Uzi.
The writer stated that the girl was using an AR-15. If that was true, the accident likely wouldn’t have happened. The Uzi is a fully automatic weapon. The AR-15 is not.
The writer stated that the AR-15 is responsible for the largest mass school shooting, Virginia Tech. No AR-15 was used. Two handguns were used. One was a .22-caliber pistol. Some enthusiasts state that the .22 is too small to even be considered a self-defense round.
I believe that in all of the shootings listed, an actual AR-15 wasn’t even used. Guns that look similar to an AR-15, as well as shotguns, rifles, and a variety of pistols, were used.
On a side note, I’ve seen a six-shot revolver fired six times, reloaded, and fired six more times faster than most people could fire 12 rounds from a scary-looking “assault style” AR-15.
Oh, and “AR” does does not stand for assault rifle. Do some research yourself. Lawmakers want to ban assault-style weapons. That ban would include any magazine-fed gun.