Dear Editor:

Kudos to Marine Sergeant Matt Tapscott for his letter on Dec. 20 calling for a ban of semiautomatic assault weapons.

We might consider even going farther than that in light of the Second Amendment. The writers of the amendment wanted individuals to be able to arm themselves so that they could form militias and start a revolution if the federal government became a tyranny. If our government did become such a state, the citizens would certainly have to arm themselves in any possible way so that they could win the revolution.

With today's high-tech weapons, this means that citizens not only have the right to possess semiautomatic and automatic weapons, but also more efficient killing machines such as rocket-propelled grenades, stinger missiles (to shoot down helicopter and jet fighters), tanks (to fight the ground war), cannons, etc.

Any sane person that reviews such an arsenal above would come to the conclusion that citizens should not have access to these weapons.

The real problem is the second amendment. Under Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution, the Constitution can be amended in any way. Such amendments could change the intent of any previous amendment or be an addition to the Constitution. The writers of the Constitution believed that some of the document and amendments, including the second one, would themselves have to be amended to meet future needs.

This is possible but difficult, so this is why our wise president decided to form a committee headed by V.P. Biden to write gun restriction laws. I hope that the bill that they will write before February will contain provisions that will prohibit the manufacture, resale or transportation of semiautomatic and automatic assault rifles with magazine capacities of over five bullets.

It should also contain a provision that hand guns with clips of more than five bullets be prohibited. When the Biden Committee sends the bill to Congress, it is imperative that you readers contact our representatives, especially Senator Grassley, and urge them to support the bill.