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Expiration of ban good

On Sept. 13 the federal assault weapons ban expired. I applaud our U.S. Legislature for using wisdom and common sense in not renewing the ban that had little to any effect on crime and safety, but rather threatened our precious freedom. Rather than using logical reasoning the ban used emotionally based, cosmetic criteria to target “mean” looking firearms. For example, can a bayonet be attached to a rifle? I personally have never heard of a bayonet on a rifle being used in a crime.

Having spent more than a year abroad, I have seen effects of varied forms of gun control. In Russia, where gun ownership is strictly controlled, a teacher told me that police still use forms of light torture on school children to make them “confess.” A society of armed and civil citizens won’t stand for such abuse. At the same time, Russia’s gun control policies haven’t prevented Islamic terrorists from committing horrific acts.

With our assault weapons ban now expired, I can truly say, it is a great day for patriotism. It is a great day for my young children and it is a great day for America.



Josh Ramey

Grass Valley





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