Letter: Guns: It’s about self-defense, rightsIt’s disappointing, but predictable that the standoff in Hudson on Oct. 17 would become a “gun” issue as evidenced by Susan Stori’s letter last week.
By: Belinda Hopp, town of Martell, River Falls Journal
It’s disappointing, but predictable that the standoff in Hudson on Oct. 17 would become a “gun” issue as evidenced by Susan Stori’s letter last week.
What is not mentioned is that the gunman was allegedly intoxicated, according to his son. This man was obviously dangerous.
Would Ms. Stori have been as concerned about public safety if there had been an SUV going the wrong way down I-94 with this man behind the wheel? Probably, but perhaps not passionately enough to write a letter about it.
I respect a passionate debate, but want it based in fact.
What is an “assault weapon?” I’m not sure I can tell you, other than something someone is assaulting me with — tire-iron, bat or gun.
Fully automatic guns have been heavily restricted since the 1930s and aren’t covered by any assault weapon bans.
The Violence Policy Center, which has been a huge proponent of gun control, admits difficulty in defining the issue. In a 1988 report declaring their public strategy, they cite “menacing looks” and “the public’s confusion” over the issues to warrant support for their cause!
What is not confusing is the information you can read for yourself at www.claytoncramer.com/gundefenseblog/blogger.html. It simply posts gun defense use as published by local media sources around the country.
No “strategy” here, just thousands of news stories documenting law-abiding citizens protecting themselves.
A study performed by two Florida State University criminologists found that there are at least 2.1 million “defensive gun uses” per year in the United States, and many of these occur without a shot being fired.
It is a fact that some people have no regard for human life. I also believe that a high regard for life is why most people exercise their second amendment right.
It’s a moral responsibility to protect life, and inherently personal.