Assault weapon ban was in name only

This letter is in response to the July 27 article in The Telegraph titled “White House: No push for stricter gun laws.”

Associated Press reporter Ben Feller is correct when he states the assault weapons ban of 1994 would have prevented James Holmes from legally purchasing a so-called “assault rifle.”

But it would have allowed him to purchase a rifle that functioned the exact same way and was no less dangerous, but due to political jargon and certain aesthetic features, would simply not have been classified as an assault rifle.

The ban illustrates how silly some gun laws really get and, in this case, it was a matter of mere semantics.

Ryan Remillard