Assault weapons ban will prevent mass shootings more effectively than hiking the age to buy them | Letter

As a Marine, I spent a year of my life packing an M-60 machine gun all over Vietnam back in 1969 and part of 1970. I’ve seen first and the terrible carnage an assault weapon does to the human body. This is why I want to see assault weapons banned throughout the United States.

Hiking up the legal age to purchase an assault weapon to 21 years of age will not prevent mass shootings in our schools. Plus it would be a slap in the face for all of our nation’s young combat veterans.

It’s high time for Trump and Congress to take action on this important public safety issue. If they refuse to do so in the next few weeks then we all need find politicians to replace them this coming November.

Jim Curtis

North Bend

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