As a former Army Staff Sergeant, I am always amused by some, (who never wore the uniform of our country), who call a semi automatic rifle an “assault” rifle or weapon. By definition, an “assault” weapon must be a fully automatic weapon.

The original purpose of the “assault” weapon was to enable one side to assault another side’s position by rapid (fully auto) fire to force one side to keep their heads down. Fully automatic weapons have been banned for ownership in this country except under the most serious restrictions.

Frankly, when a weapon is on full auto, the accuracy of the weapon is definitely impaired as the barrel will always tend to rise under full auto fire. Any rifle with that so called “bump stock” would not make a good hunting or target practice rifle. Why anyone would need such a device is beyond me.

The real question is why did the Obama democrat administration APPROVE the “bump stock” as legal in 2010? Obama and the democrats are fully complicit in this Las Vegas massacre because they approved this device, changing a semi automatic rifle into one with the rate of fire of a fully automatic weapon! Why?

Please pray for all the victims of this pure evil who suffered from this attack in Las Vegas. Also, please keep all of our Armed Forces, who fight to protect this Nation, as well as our Police and First Responders in your prayers. We all need to pray for each other.

Thomas F. Stokes III
Middletown, NJ

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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...