Dear Editor: It’s long past time to make it illegal to own, possess, buy, sell or trade any weapon designed for war.

I would like to see a new gun classification identified as Weapons of War. Most of the all-too-routine and gruesome mass shootings at schools and other public places are committed with military-style assault rifles and concealed handguns with large-capacity ammunition magazines.

These weapons of war are designed for one thing: to cause the maximum damage in the shortest time without having to reload.

Within 10 minutes, Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and left the campus undetected in a crowd of students. At Sandy Hook, Adam Lanza killed 20 young students and six adults in just under five minutes using a .223 caliber M4 rifle and several 30-round ammunition magazines.

The massacres at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, and other schools, along with the Pulse nightclub and Las Vegas slaughters, illustrate that military-style assault rifles and easily concealed handguns equipped with large-capacity ammunition magazines are now the weapons of choice for mass shooters.

These semiautomatic weapons are far more powerful and lethal than standard law enforcement service weapons and it only makes sense to identify these items, classify them as Weapons of War, and ban them for civilian use.

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Laura Kiefert

Green Bay

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