Get your gun right

  Dear HCN, The firearm Don Barnett holds in your photo on page 8 in the Oct. 9 issue of HCN, on the Mexican-U.S. border, is not a machine gun. Such an error does us all a disservice by needlessly inflaming the already emotional issues of Second Amendment rights and illegal immigration. The latter you have otherwise presented in a commendable manner. Mr. Barnett's firearm is a civilian, semi-automatic version of a military assault rifle. To be a fully automatic military weapon, Mr. Barnett would be in serious violation (years of imprisonment) of federal gun laws.

E.T. Collinsworth III
San Simon Valley, Arizona