Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
The terrible domestic use of weapons of mass destruction in our country leads me to repeat a suggestion I made in a letter a year or so ago, edited of course.
Recent real news media have reported that an overwhelming majority of the adult population wants the government to control weapons of mass destruction. The numbers of that majority are guaranteed to increase as our teenagers mature. But past experience has shown that it is extremely unlikely our present national government will do anything to stop the slaughter.
I believe it's time to turn to the private sector. Several chains have stopped selling assault rifles, resulting in a monopoly situation for the remaining chains. Those chains could take immediate advantage of the situation, refusing to sell any assault rifle that is not equipped with a fingerprint system preventing all but the registered owner from firing it. I think such a system would require three prints of the dominant hand touching the grip and a fourth for the trigger finger on the front of the trigger guard. Of course, that fourth one would allow release after registering the identity as the owner.
Once this system has proven itself, those thousands of members of the NRA who say they definitely are opposed to assault rifles being used illegally will want the system installed on all weapons and spare no expense getting them all collected and refurbished.