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Casey Chinn ("Our militia is clearly out of control," Letters, Feb. 21): Just in case a well-regulated militia consists of citizens well-armed, regulated, and supplied meant to defend the homeland against all enemies foreign and domestic, I agree that an average 18-year-old of today's times does not have the maturity, the ethics or the responsibility that comes with gun ownership.

Once again blame is put on gun owners in general, and specific models of guns. I own many guns, none of which are assault weapons unless I choose to assault somebody with what then becomes a weapon — a baseball bat, a knife, a chainsaw — they all become assault weapons.

Again, I agree that 18 is too young to purchase or own any type of firearm. I grew up in an entirely different era — gun racks with guns in the high school parking lots, never had any school shootings. All of it is different today and some rules need to be changed, but they shouldn't be changed to infringe on my rights nor the rights of any other American. I hate to say it, but perhaps it's the manner in which kids are raised today. It's entirely different from most in my generation — morality, ethics, responsibility, attitudes — I don't seem to see it. I want my country back.

— Bud Hart, Colorado Springs

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