Rifles for sale at a gun shop in Merrimack, N.H., in 2016. (Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)

Over the years, I have read numerous letters justifying the ownership of weapons such as the AR-15. Thomas V. Holohan's Dec. 29 letter, "Speaking the facts on guns," really takes the cake. He cited statistics on muzzle velocity and reports on accuracy to justify or try to explain the use and ownership of these weapons. The bottom line, almost always overlooked or ignored, is the simple and unalterable fact that these guns were designed and manufactured for combat use to kill as many of the opposition as possible in the shortest amount of time. While that may make sense in combat, the next time one of these military-style weapons is used to kill scores of children in a school or parishioners at a church service (or anyone, for that matter), it should be understood by those supporting unlimited access to these weapons what the real facts and consequences are.

How such weapons ever entered the market for nonmilitary use is a crime properly laid at the feet of the gun manufacturers and their shill, the National Rifle Association.

Edward McCarter, Ellicott City