Speaking of the writing of the national GOP platform, Utah state Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, said she opposes any attempts to revive a Bill Clinton-era assault-weapons ban ("GOP stands firm: no abortions, no exceptions," Tribune, Aug. 22). Incredible.
Owning hunting rifles and regular handguns for defense is one thing, even allowing them to be carried concealed is arguable, but after all the recent mass killings by weapons that shoot scores of bullets almost as fast as a lighted string of firecrackers what are Republicans thinking? Obviously, such guns do not make us safer.
It's not a Second Amendment issue; it's a common sense issue. That good Christians keep electing people who champion the right to own these personal weapons of mass destruction says a lot about what they really worship, and it's not the Prince of Peace it's fear and power.
Whenever the topic of the Mormon belief in humans becoming gods comes up, my Mormon friends reply that it's not so much becoming god as it is becoming "Christlike." I hear "being Christlike" a lot from Latter-day Saints. Well, owning an assault weapon that can kill dozens in minutes is not at all like Jesus. Period.
Salt Lake City