Once again we are considering weapons bans.

Until we write such laws as operational specifications rather than picking and choosing pieces of hardware, we will continually face the issue of inventive ways to work around the laws.

Let's do it right, let's ban any weapon which is capable of firing more than X rounds per minute and any combination of weapon and ammunition which has a muzzle energy greater than Y.

Such a law cannot be worked around — no invention can increase the capability of damage legally with such a law. Limit the number of rounds and the energy they carry, and you limit the capacity for damage.

The Second Amendment calls for a well-regulated and trained militia. Let's create a federal militia on the Swiss model, where every weapon and every round of ammunition is locked and accounted.

Let's remove the restrictions on the ATF which require them to use only paper records -- let them into the 21st century and allow them to computerize their record-keeping.

CHARLES BARNARD. Menomonie

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Dunn County News Editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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