After reading Wednesday's letter "AR-15 has same parts as hunting gun," about how assault rifles look the same as any other rifle when taken apart, I got to thinking -- couldn’t the same be said about the dictionary.
You can see all of the words, but how you put them together makes a big difference. Vulgar trash or great literature.
I was in Vietnam in 1967, so I'm qualified to to say a few things about this weapon. The military version of the AR-15 was the M16. It replaced the M14, which was a rifle that shot a bigger bullet, 7.62 mm. It was heavy with a long barrel but could shoot accurately miles away in the right hands.
That was not needed in the jungle. The M16 was amazingly small and light. It had a short barrel, shot a very small bullet very quickly and did some major damage to the people it hit. The higher velocity killed more than it wounded, and that was just what was needed in the jungle warfare.
This type of weapon should be strictly regulated. It has no real use other than the cool factor. We have lots of better choices for hunting and target practice.
Loren Hatleberg, Waunakee