Recently, I was shopping at at store where Hot Wheels and Matchbox diecast toy vehicles were on sale at buy one, get one free. I needed 500 to give away to children of adult attendees of a trade show display booth promoting my small business. I filled an entire shopping cart.

When I arrived at the check out stand, I joked about fathering many children. The checker chuckled and proceeded to run the blister packs across the bar code scanner. After 30 scans, the register was locked out. She needed manager approval to continue ringing up the remaining miniature cars. The manager input a code, continued with my order and asked if I wanted more. I learned it was routine company policy to obtain approval for mass purchases.

My seemingly innocuous “regulated” purchase raises a question: How come nobody stopped the Las Vegas mass gun killer from purchasing dozens of lethal AR-15 military assault weapons? Why didn’t that raise a red flag? These weapons are designed to kill people in a military combat zone and are sold in unlimited quantities in a soft, civilian world. Why?

I don’t have any answers here. Just a lot of questions. We the people need to start asking these questions.

Lawrence Necheles, Pontiac

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