A simple bill to

minimize gun killing

Dear Rep. Himes, Sen.

Lieberman and

Sen. Blumenthal:

I urge you to introduce to the House of Representatives and to the Senate a bill that will make it illegal, at a calendar date in 2011 to be determined, to manufacture for or to sell to private citizens ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds. No law abiding, gun-owning citizen needs a gun that shoots more than 10 rounds to defend his or her home or business. Your bill would help minimize the number of people killed in murder sprees when a gunman uses an AK-47, automatic hand gun or Glock. It will be much easier than you think, I believe, to rally the support of your colleagues in the House and the Senate -- and Americans everywhere.

I have not urged you to support the bill being co-sponsored by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy of New York and Congressman Rich Holt of New Jersey because I have read that Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Holt have added a provision that could doom their bill. It calls for banning the use of all large capacity bullet magazines already sold or manufactured. Although the congressmens' intent is noble, gun store owners will respond with an uproar because they will not be able to sell top selling, already manufactured, automatic hand guns that use 17-bullet cartridges.

Be courageous. Be of good heart. Every life is precious. Start small and watch your bill snowball to victory. Help protect disturbed gunmen from their mass murderous intent and help protect the lives of innocent boys, girls, men and women.

Tanya Bickley

New Canaan