Get the LVRJ today, Jim Mayhugh has a letter to the editor published in response to a cartoon that was run earlier in the week about the AWB. Its in the Nevada section. Good job Jim!
LETTERS: Day's cartoon on weapons ban off target
To the editor:
I am amazed at how many fabrications, obfuscations, and outright lies Jim Day managed to insert in a single editorial cartoon (Sept. 12).
Mr. Day is apparently showing his frustration over the expiration of the "assault weapons" ban that took place Monday, Sept. 13. In his cartoon, he shows what appears to be a NRA member shooting a police silhouette target to pieces with an automatic rifle. Printed on the silhouette is the phrase "any restrictions on assault rifles."
First, the "assault weapons" ban has nothing to do with assault rifles, which are capable of select-fire, and have been heavily regulated by the federal government since 1934. Newly manufactured assault rifles are not available to the general public to this day.
The ban concerns so-called assault weapons, which are nothing more than standard semi-automatic rifles that have committed the former crime of having certain cosmetic features such as a pistol grip, a collapsible stock or a bayonet lug.
I'd also be interested in seeing where Mr. Day got his statistics for the phrase "27,000 Americans killed by gunfire in 2003" stated in his cartoon. The most recent figure that I could find was the FBI's Uniform Crime report for 2002, which showed a total of 9,369 murder victims using firearms of all types. If Mr. Day's figures are to be believed, we've had a trebling of violent crime in a single year. By the way. Mr. Day, how many of those killed were actually killed by "assault weapons?" The last figures I could obtain showed somewhat less than 2 percent.
Finally, the NRA, as the world leader in teaching gun safety and proper use of firearms to both the general public and the law enforcement community, would never advocate the shooting of a firearm in a non-self-defense situation, such as target shooting, without the use of proper safety equipment, such as shooting glasses.
In the future, Mr. Day, try to use the truth to get your point across. It often has much better results.
JAMES L. MAYHUGH