In a recent letter defending the right to own semi-automatic guns (Jan. 13), Tony Naramore compared President Barack Obama to Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot of Cambodia and the leader of North Korea.
Does he really think that the democratically elected president of the United States is comparable to those tyrants?
He compares the Nazi takeover of Germany, based on the attack on the German Reichstad, with President Obama’s attempt to control assault rifles based on the killing of the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In other words, he is comparing a brutal dictatorship in Germany that was responsible for the death of millions of people with the attempt to prohibit the sale of assault weapons to civilians. Those same assault weapons have been used in massacres in this country, including the murder of the children at Sandy Hook.
Mr. Naramore is comparing Adolf Hitler, a mass murderer, to President Obama, who is trying to take steps to prevent the further massacre of innocent civilians, especially children. That is a ridiculous comparison.
I still don’t understand why certain gun lovers feel it is necessary for private citizens to own assault guns. Ordinary handguns, shotguns and rifles can be used for defense of your home, hunting and target shooting. I heard a relative of one of the victims of the Colorado theater massacre stated he uses a shotgun to defend his home. He also said he did not understand why owning an assault weapon was necessary.
What is so important about owning an assault weapon that gun lovers are not willing to give up that ownership if it will save innocent lives, especially the lives of children?