Posted December 18, 2012 03:42 pm

No AK47s: Letter to the Planning Commission

Dear Planning Commission members,

I want to see the Planning Commission deny the Juneau Mercantile and Armory owners a permit to have fully automatic firearms for their customers to use. Given the horrific events in Connecticut where so many women and children were slaughtered with round after round of automatic weapon fire, I strongly urge you to not approve their use at Juneau Mercantile and Armory, the proposed gun range.

There is only one use for weapons like this: killing a lot of people in a short amount of time. In a September 25, 2012 Juneau Empire article on the permitting process, Sloan Swendsen said, "You can rent a machine gun go downstairs and get the barrel hot." He also said, "Everybody needs to shoot an AK47 and a Tommy Gun."

While 99.9% of the men and boys who go there to shoot an AK47 might be there for "fun", this country has a long history of a small percentage using guns to slaughter innocent people. Why encourage it? Why enable it?

As a mother and grandmother, I ask you to deny any permits to Dan Miller and Sloan Swendsen for automatic weapons. Enough is enough.

Barbara Belknap



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