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Letter to the Editor: How will Mayor Don Arendt keep military-style weapons off the streets of Decorah?

Posted: Tue, May 7, 2013 5:01 PM

Adam Skoda has e-mailed this Letter to the Editor:

Dear Mr. Mayor,

I read on that you will sign the Statement of Principles issued by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. I agree fully with all of the principles of this petition except one. Principle four states "Keep lethal, military-style weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines off our streets."

I have a few questions for you regarding this statement. First of all, aren't all guns lethal no matter what they look like or how big or small they are? What is a military-style weapon? The military uses many styles of guns including 12 gauge pump shotguns.  How many bullets fit in a "high" capacity ammunition magazine?  Last but not least there are no state or federal laws banning any style of gun or size of ammunition magazine for law abiding citizens.  What is your plan for keeping these guns out of the hands of the law abiding citizens of Decorah?  I am looking forward to your comments regarding these questions."

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