To the editor:
Why are people so thick-skulled? It might help the discussion if once and for all people out there in la-la land would get their facts straight.
Mr. Rhoades gave a very good description of an M-16 rifle in his letter in the Feb. 7 issue of The Sentinel. The only problem with that is this discussion has nothing to do with an M-16 rifle. An M-16 rifle, and I am very familiar with one, has a selector switch on it that allows it to be on safe, fire, or automatic. When it is on safe it will not fire. When it is on fire it can be fired one round for each time the trigger is depressed. When it is on automatic you can hold the trigger down and it will continue to fire until you release the trigger or the clip is empty. These rifles are illegal for civilians to own unless they have been disabled so they can no longer be fired. Even then you must have a special collector license.
The AR platform rifles that are being used for hunting and target shooting are not the same. They are either set on safe or fire. There is no setting for automatic. When on safe they do not fire. When on fire you must depress the trigger for each round to be fired. When a round is fired, the action will cycle and it will chamber another round but it will not fire again until you release the trigger and depress it again. If you try to hold the trigger depressed it will cycle one time and stop firing.
AR platform or "modern rifles" may look similar to an M-16 rifle but they are not the same. If this is still too complicated for some people to understand maybe I can really start you at the beginning with a book about Dick and Jane and Spot and Puff.
Stephen E. Sellers