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I am a 59-year-old native of Montana and have hunted since I was 12 years old. My family and hunting friends, and there are many, use lever action or bolt action rifles and shotguns, not assault rifles.

While the current discussion surrounds safety in schools, which is understandable, have we forgotten about the Las Vegas shooting and the numerous multiple death shootings at churches, movie theaters, night clubs, restaurants, and during other crimes? The common element that has allowed the shooter(s) to injure and kill multiple victims is assault rifles with high capacity magazines. These weapons should be banned from ownership by the general public.

I stand by the Second Amendment, but it was written at a time when it took approximately 30 seconds to fire, reload and re-fire a musket. These weapons serve no purpose other than to kill or maim, that's why they are called assault rifles.

I urge everyone to call, write or email our congressman for a ban of assault rifles and tell them to have the courage to stand up against the NRA. It's common sense and the right thing to do.

Duane Loken