It’s easy for members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia to forget that not everyone knows or cares as much about guns as do we. In fact the overwhelming majority of Americans wouldn’t know a Bushmaster from a bush baby. And at least one kansascity.com reader – a self-described assault weapons ban supporter – is curious about the relative utility of scary black rifles compared to pistols and smoothbores. Here’s her recent letter to the editor:
I would very much appreciate hearing from a National Rifle Association member on why the association feels so strongly about having assault rifles . . .
I would like to know what they feel they can accomplish with an assault rifle that they cannot accomplish with a shotgun or handgun. I am just asking for someone to explain it to me as I truly do not understand.
I understand their use in a military or police setting, but I do not understand their use by private citizens.
Why do I support a ban on assault weapons? I think it is always imperative to understand the other person’s point of view, and that’s why I’m asking.
Christine is obviously unaware of the bottomless fount of knowledge that is TTAG’s readership or she certainly would have come here first. How would you answer her question?