Rev. John L. Saxon: Ban’s meaning

March 6, 2013 

Ban’s meaning

The secondary headline on the March 3 front page – “Assault weapons ban might mean little” – lacked sensitivity for those families whose lives have been forever changed by mass shootings involving assault weapons. I understand the point is that the vast majority of gun-related deaths involve handguns and that regulating the sale of assault weapons won’t solve the problem of gun violence in America.

There is, of course, no single answer to the epidemic of gun violence. But reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons is at least part of the solution.

I feel sure there are dozens of families in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., who would disagree that an assault weapons ban would “mean little.”

Rev. John L. Saxon, Raleigh

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