New York

Join the military to use an AR-15

No reason for civilians to have assault rifles


I recently read an article in your paper detailing the rise in popularity of the AR-15, which traced its history back to the M-16 used by our soldiers in Vietnam. 

As a hunter and gun owner (and 30-year Army veteran), I can’t fathom why any responsible rifle enthusiast would want or need to own this rifle. There certainly are hundreds of alternative rifles that are more suitable for hunting or target shooting. I would encourage any American who truly must possess one to immediately join one of our proud military services. They will be more than anxious and capable of training you in its planned use. 

You might even get to carry it on a deployment in defense of our great nation. Many before you have, and far too many died while in its possession.

Bruce Castka


Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

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