Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Concealed carry

6/17/2013

I always read The Herald’s “Reader Forum” with interest. I always have an opinion on the letters, and sometimes mean to reply, but time passes and it never seems to happen. This time is different.

To Jeanny Sharp, Herald editor and publisher, who in her Thursday editorial called some of the citizenry zealots for taking advantage of the concealed carry law: It’s because some folks realize that the majority of evil is out in the real world; not just behind our closed, locked doors. Sometimes even 911 and the law is far away. We are not zealots.

I always read The Herald’s “Reader Forum” with interest. I always have an opinion on the letters, and sometimes mean to reply, but time passes and it never seems to happen. This time is different.

To Jeanny Sharp, Herald editor and publisher, who in her Thursday editorial called some of the citizenry zealots for taking advantage of the concealed carry law: It’s because some folks realize that the majority of evil is out in the real world; not just behind our closed, locked doors. Sometimes even 911 and the law is far away. We are not zealots.

To the nervous librarian who wrote in a letter, you have been sadly misinformed. You need never to fear the law-abiding citizen who comes through your library doors with a concealed weapon. In fact, you will never, ever know who that citizen is because law-abiding citizens do not carry weapons to brandish them about. If you have a concealed carry permit, you have done everything required of you to obtain it. You have proven yourself to be a responsible citizen. It is safely concealed, even when the owner is swimming or engaged in other activities. It is only taken out in an emergency.

Now, if an irate patron comes through your library doors and threatens you with a gun over an overdue library book, you might very well be thankful for the responsible citizen with a concealed carry permit who is standing at your counter. I assure you, without a doubt, the gunman’s hand would be smashed (we are excellent marksmen, thanks to the training required). No, society won’t be any safer, but some of the victims might have a better chance at survival.

I do worry about people like Richard Coleman who wrote that he could “Stand his Ground.” I suppose people can slip through the cracks. I hope Mr. Coleman does not have a concealed carry permit.

— Shirley Simmons,

Centropolis

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