Letter: Why sell assault rifles?
I frequently shop at Walmart in Gilford. The store has been remodeled and offers many new products. Families, children, young people and older people like me visit the store.
Walmart is the biggest and wealthiest retail chain in the country. The stores carry guns, ammunition, fishing equipment, bikes and so forth. They also carry assault rifles – designed for warfare. An assault weapon is unique as its one feature makes it specifically designed for killing people (or troops in combat situations).
You don’t use an assault weapon for hunting deer, rabbits, birds or target practice: It is manufactured and sold as a weapon of war. It has no other use. Because it will fire an entire clip in three or four seconds, the shooter can kill several people in the blink of an eye.
In various mass killing across the country, we have seen too clearly the lethal ability of this gun in the hands of a deranged and mentally ill person. Walmart doesn’t need to carry this weapon. It shows me that retail profits can outweigh good judgment and sensitivity to the perceptions of the buying public.
LEON R. ALBUSHIES