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Letters: Single-shot ammo does the job




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January 9, 2013 | 1,811 views | 29 comments

Editor:

“... it was not the gun that was to blame...” (for the killings of the children in Connecticut). But it was partly, no?

When my grandfather taught this then-11-year-old to shoot his pump 22 rifle at his 100-acre “poor farm” near Stockdale, I aimed at floating pecan shells in the earthen tank. I was pretty good at it. He carried this rifle on his rural mail route for years, using it for rabbits and sometimes rattlesnakes on his dirt road route. We never dreamed of armor-piercing bullets or military assault weapons. Didn’t need that for rabbits.

When I was 16 and working on my cousin’s half-section farm on the edge of the King Ranch in South Texas, we sometimes patrolled the roads at sunset, killing rattlesnakes by the score as they basked in the cooler evening. This was with a single shot 22, using rat shot. Never wished for clips holding a dozen-plus shells. Or several guns.

The killer in Connecticut, like my family, was protected by the Second Amendment. But society allowed him a lot more firepower than our Founding Fathers had in mind.

What my family had still suits me fine.

LEROY H. HAVERLAH JR.

Austin
 

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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 17, 2013 10:40am
 
Harold.....Wisdom out of Africa...good reply.

 
Harold  
Equatorial Guinea, West Africa  
January 16, 2013 11:19am
 
"a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch with a box therein to contain not less than twenty-four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 15, 2013 7:27am
 
Second sentence should have read " They know and ruled on several occasions what the second amendment means." My brain often works faster than my fingers. :)

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 15, 2013 5:17am
 
Facts only Please. The Supreme court's educational level is a bit higher than a GED. They know ruled what the second amendment means on several occasions. "A well regulated ... More ›

 
Facts only please  
TX  
January 14, 2013 9:17pm
 
I guess you guys have GEDs. The law is what it is...can not help you read it let alone understanding it. just read the title.

 
flying monkey  
runge  
January 13, 2013 8:08pm
 
how hypocritical, a country built by guns, by the way of guns, now you want to DAMM guns, cmon people???????

 
Kassandra Royer  
La Vernia, TX  
January 12, 2013 12:49pm
 
I fail to see how that differs from what I stated in my original comment? The difference between then and now -where the militia is categorized as the National Guard and the unorganized (grassroots) militias-and all males must ... More ›

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
January 12, 2013 9:46am
 
To all my Grand Prairie brothers....Don't be a fool, stop arguing with idiots.

 
James Branum  
Grand Prarie, TX  
January 12, 2013 5:48am
 
Facts only Please.....Kassandra cited the name of the law. As I read the information presented, I came to the conclusion that every able bodied man over a certain age must belong to the militia of the area in which he lived ... More ›

 
Facts only please  
TX  
January 11, 2013 9:11pm
 
Prairie: Just in case you are wondering the title of the law...if you were in the Militia, you MUST have the guns and stuff to be called up.... Militia Act of 1792, Second Congress, Session I. Chapter XXVIII Passed May 2, 1792, ... More ›

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