“With freedom comes responsibility.” (A line taken from Ken Trainor’s “Maximum freedom, minimal responsibility” column in the Aug. 1 Wednesday Journal.)

Good point.

Now that manic NRA members (protectors of our freedom to slaughter) have made it possible for anyone — anyone — to purchase over 6,000 rounds of ammunition for assault rifles, Glocks and shotguns, where is their sense of responsibility?

The Second Amendment gives us the right to own muskets.

Gotta believe 6,000 single-shot muskets would have been harder to get into a movie theater than an assault rifle, handguns and a shotgun.

The assault rifle alone had a 100-round magazine drum, capable of firing up to 60 rounds a minute. The same type of rifle was used at Columbine in 1999 and Virginia Tech in 2007.

And now Aurora in 2012.

That’s a lot of time and lives lost while the NRA merrily goes along protecting our right to wipe out our neighbors. And then when one of the protected masses actually exercises their right to purchase over 6,000 rounds and uses them, they silently pour more money into the coffers to take up the fight again.

The point isn’t that we can’t protect people from madmen; the point is we can’t protect anyone from the NRA.

There is no sane reason any civilian should be allowed to purchase an assault rifle. Period. End of story. And, as Ken pointed out, if you’re misguided enough to defend the right to own assault rifles, then man up when the mayhem you so dearly protect devastates families once again.

Don’t be mute.

Don’t simply regret that you’re part of an organization that sent out this ironic tweet to members on the morning of July 12, 2012: “Good morning, shooters! Happy Friday! Weekend plans?”

Time to plan on taking responsibility … responsibility for just what you are protecting.

And who you aren’t.

Bernie Pitzel

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