Dear Editor:Recently we’ve all heard discussionsand proposals on gun control. These haveall been about an assault weapons ban, theSecond Amendment, the NRA, back-ground checks, improved mental healthaccess, pervasive video violence, etc. Butnone that I’ve heard have addressed whatI consider the real problem: the Americanculture, which has long been enamored byguns.The media have been able to turn ourpopulace against smoking, drunk driving,certain drugs, obesity, even red meat!They should simply add guns to this list.
Sticking to her guns
Dear Editor:I read the open letter to gun owners inthe January 23 edition of the COURIERand had to laugh at the recommendationthat NRA members should give up theirmembership, “as the NRA does not rep-resent the sensible gun owner.”As an NRA member, I have been ableto access classes such as “Refuse to be avictim,” which teaches a variety of crimeprevention strategies from criminal psy-chology to auto crimes to cyber crime andsome physical combat self-defense tools.It isn’t even a firearms course. That seemssensible to me.Also, there is the Eddie Eagle programteaching pre-K through third grade chil-dren how to avoid gun accidents with theadmonition: “If you see a gun, stop! Don’ttouch. Leave the area. Tell an adult.” Ap-proximately 18 million children in the US,Canada and Puerto Rico have beenthrough the class. That seems sensible tome, too.My favorite take away from my NRA“Gun Safety for Women” class was thatthe average response time to a 911 callcan be 10 to 23 minutes depending on thecity. The response time of a .357 [Mag-num revolver] is 1400 feet per second.I think I would rather occupy a burglarwith my .357 in case the police were de-layed by traffic.Oh…and as a sensible gun owner, Ithink I’ll do the sensible thing and keepmy NRA membership active.
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, February 2, 2013
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