Letter to the Editor

Photo | Dolly Kildee County Councilmember and former Mayor of Gaithersburg Sidney Katz organized a rally March 5 at the Montgomery County Council Office Building.

Photo | Dolly Kildee
County Councilmember and former Mayor of Gaithersburg Sidney Katz organized a rally March 5 at the Montgomery County Council Office Building.

In Support of Sensible Gun Regulations

On Monday, I attended a rally organized by Sidney Katz to support sensible gun regulations in this country. The State of Maryland has some of the strictest laws on the books, including a ban on military-style assault weapons like the ones used all too frequently in the senseless mass murder tragedies afflicting our country. I support sensible gun regulation, including comprehensive background checks, preventing weapons from reaching the hands of those who should not have them and a ban on military-style assault weapons.

I am a supporter of the Second Amendment, and I believe the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right of all Americans, but this is not a Second Amendment issue. Reasonable regulations to make sure only responsible persons may keep and bear arms is constitutional and warranted. Military-assault weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court made that clear in D.C. v. Heller and its progeny. In fact, these types of weapons are not even contemplated in the purpose of the Second Amendment, which is to maintain a body of responsible citizens to protect home and hearth.

Being a soldier for over 20 years now, I am no stranger to military-style assault weapons. I am proficient or familiar with most small arms used by our military, including the M-16, which is the MILSPEC for the AR-15. There is no real difference between the two. The M-16 has an added feature of burst fire, but as your drill sergeant says, you are pissing away ammo if you aren’t taking one shot for one kill.

The AR-15 is a weapon of war, and it should be banned along with all other military-style assault weapons. You want to use one? Join the military. I will be happy to talk to you about the virtues of the U.S. Army.

Thanks to Sid for arranging this important event. Let’s keep this going. Photo credit to the irrepressible Dolly Kildee!

—Robert Wu
Gaithersburg City Council

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