To the editor:

“We’re going to take your AR-15 and your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against your fellow American anymore.”

“There would be a visit by law enforcement to recover that firearm, and to make sure it is brought back.”

Before I go any further, I would like to give a great big heartfelt “thank you” to Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke for confirming what we already knew in the first place.

As far as the leadership of the National Democratic Party is concerned, the last step in gun control is confiscation. Many Democrats call it “common-sense gun legislation.”

It’s the kind of gun legislation that doesn’t stop with AR-15s or AK-47s. It is the type that will include every type of firearm you own, including that single-shot musket that you inherited from your grandfather.

It will make no difference that you use it only for target shooting, black-powder hunting and the twice-a-year American Revolution re-enactments you like to attend.

If O’Rourke is elected, [he’ll try to make sure] it will be confiscated and destroyed.

They will deny it. We know differently. They have said so. Their own words, like O’Rourke’s, declare their intentions.

Another favorite statement is, “Let’s treat firearms the way we do automobiles. After all, we register cars.” It sounds good, at least to the gun-control advocates — until they realize all the steps that follow.

Get any type of car you want? Get any type of firearm that you want. Be able to buy all the automobiles you want? Be able to buy all the firearms you want.

Buy a car at 16? Buy a rifle or pistol at 16. Only need a bill of sale for a car? Goodbye to all the paperwork when getting a firearm, including the infamous Form 4473 from the original “Red Dawn.”

Last but not least, automobiles are not constitutional protected. Firearms are under the Second Amendment.

It’s the same story. The Left has a good idea; however, they can’t put it into effect because of that pesky U.S. Constitution.

As usual for gun control, swing and a miss.


On Oct. 2, there was a plane crash in Connecticut. The B-17 bomber “Nine-a-Nine” was lost with seven dead and six injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with the dead and injured, and with their families.

I got to tour the World War II aircraft in 1991 when it flew into Fort Wayne, Ind.

Being onboard the Nine-a-Nine was one of those moments where you weren’t reading and watching history from a book or movie. It was right there with you.

Now there are only 14 of the classic aircraft still flying. May they have many years of safe flights and continue to remind us of what history really is.

Michael Skaggs

185 McClains Road, Paris

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