A recent letter to the editor criticizing an NRA recommendation to have armed security at all schools showed a total lack of knowledge of firearms. Obviously, the author does not know the difference between a fully automatic firearm and a semi-automatic firearm.
In the recent Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., shootings, the rifles used were AR-15 patterned semi-automatics: one trigger-pull -- one shot. There were no fully automatic firearms used.
Fully automatic firearms rarely are used in crimes. To my knowledge, the last time a fully automatic rifle was used in a well-known shooting was in the infamous 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery shootout.
There is a popular misconception, even among members of the news media, that the firearms used in recent mass shootings fire more than one round per trigger-pull. That is simply not the case.
AR-15 style rifles use the same operating system as most .22 rifles and semi-automatic shotguns. Semi-automatic designed firearms have been in use since the 1890s and have been widely used all these years for hunting and target shooting. Even the often vilified AR-15 has many hunting applications and is used in a number of competitive shooting competitions.
In recent column on the political comeback of disgraced former New York City Congressman Anthony Weiner, columnist Ron Hart writes, "Only in liberal, Northern, big-city politics can such a candidate with so much baggage even think about a comeback."
Apparently Mr. Hart is unaware of the fact that disgraced former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who turned "hiking the Appalachian Trail" into a euphemism for cheating on one's wife, is already in the midst of such a comeback in his home state, where he is running for Congress.
Sanford is a conservative Republican, he is Southern and he is running in a rural district. Perhaps Mr. Hart should consider that no party, ideology or region has a monopoly on philandering, ambitious, ego-maniacal politicians.
DAVID B. COE, Sewanee, Tenn.