To the Journal editor:
I read the article "County board statement urges action on gun violence" with dismay. A commissioner is entitled to hold/express any opinion, however to make an official statement based on so many fallacious opinions is scary.
One commissioner owns a "high capacity magazine" that he finds "ridiculous." So, don't own it! Two others talk about "high capacity" magazines for hunting: "mowing down trees." Michigan law limits hunting capacity to six rounds - five in the magazine and one in the chamber-so that is not an issue at all.
Another speaks out against the "gun show loophole." There is no such thing. All applicable federal and state laws apply at a gun show. This is antigun speak for the banning of private sales/transfers,i.e. no one should be able to sell/buy a firearm from/to an individual. In Michigan, even private handgun sales are registered, just like a dealer sale.
"Assault" is a verb, it is an action. You can assault someone with your fists, a rock, or a baseball bat. It is illegal to assault someone. An assault rifle is a military firearm capable of fully automatic fire.
Civilian owned modern sporting rifles (AR 15's) are semiautomatic, thus not military assault weapons. Fully automatic firearms are illegal to own/posses without strict licensing requirements from the federal government.
The Second Amendment is not about hunting, target shooting or collecting. It is about an armed citizenry as a balance against a tyrannical government.
Thomas Jefferson said: "When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
Tyranny such as expressed by our county commissioners when they try to impose their opinions on the citizens of Marquette County.