Letter: Shooting, rally are distressingHow sad to learn last night that there was another serious gun incident in our area.
By: Susan Stori, town of Troy, River Falls Journal
How sad to learn last night that there was another serious gun incident in our area.
A Hudson father in an argument with his son began shooting at him! The son called the police, and then thankfully escaped with three friends.
A lengthy standoff with the police ensued and more shots were fired. The father was hospitalized in critical condition.
We attended the pro-gun, anti-tax and government rally in Hudson Saturday afternoon. They exercised their rights to free speech and assembly. We exercised ours to respectfully disagree, with a few signs and a flyer.
We heard some astonishing rhetoric, some coming from the stage and candidates for office in next year’s elections.
One I will recall: “I won’t let the tank of Marxism run over my children!”
To be fair, we were thanked for coming by a number of people and received some quietly positive comments. But there were people there just spoiling for a fight.
As a mom and grandmom, I found it profoundly disturbing to see people strolling around with a gun (and sometimes two!) strapped on, especially in the presence of many children.
No one I know suggests that all guns be banned. That’s not practical or realistic in our America.
But, surely, we should talk about safety and try to find a place to agree.
I remain convinced that assault weapons aren’t necessary for hunting and that “packing heat” openly or covertly in public places cannot be a positive thing.
I have no way of knowing if that Hudson family subscribed to what we observed at the rally. It would be sadly ironic if they did.
Regardless, this is a tragedy that might have been avoided, and exactly what I worry about when thinking about gun safety.