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Guns are the best bet for safety

Out on a Limb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

With all the gun incidents on the news, I feel compelled to comment.

Having lived all my life in the Colorado River Valley and hunted since I was old enough to carry a gun, I am obviously pro-gun.

The media pretty much only reports the tragedies and ignores all the incidents where violence is stopped or lives saved because the shopkeeper or homeowner was armed.

Aurora has laws banning guns, but they still haven’t figured out that criminals ignore the laws. A gun ban only works on law-abiding citizens and renders them defenseless.

I saw a sign at the entrance to a school that said, “No weapons allowed on campus.” They just as well could have put in parentheses underneath, “We’re defenseless.”

Would you consider a sign on your front door announcing that you are defenseless? Maybe a better plan would be an NRA sticker on the door.

When I was growing up in Palisade, we had our rifles in our vehicles at school and then went hunting when school was out. All boys carried a pocketknife, and we often played mumbletypeg during recess. If the teacher needed to open a package or box, they would just borrow a knife from a student.

Times have changed. A plastic butter knife in your lunch can get you expelled or worse.

The principal, in my day, would confiscate your water gun. Today they would haul you off to jail.

I don’t ever remember these mass rampages back then, so what has changed?

Another thing that amazes me is the apparent lack of resistance. At Virginia Tech, the shooter just lined the students up against the wall and executed them.

We have no reports of anyone going down fighting. Weren’t there any men willing to die fighting to protect fellow students?

Nobody in the Aurora Theater tried to fight back.

The Sikh temple leader made an effort to stop the gunman but was killed. The policeman at the Sikh temple survived after being shot several times, and I’ll bet none of them were in the back. He paid a high price, but surely saved lives because of his courage.

People determined to outlaw guns are either misinformed or gutless. Taking guns from responsible citizens does not stop mass violence.

Would outlawing airliners have stopped the planes from flying into the Twin Towers or the Pentagon? Would outlawing guns have prevented the Oklahoma courthouse bombing? (In fact, maybe we should have outlawed chemical fertilizer.)

The thing that really scares me is glass bottles and gasoline. I thought about campaigning to outlaw matches and lighters, but the bad guys would still have flint and steel. We could compel everyone to carry fire extinguishers, but they would just drop them and run.

In spite of all my sarcasm, the point is that guns are definitely not the only resource available to psychologically challenged people.

We have not seen a rash of suicide bombers as in some foreign countries, but it may happen here. Apologizing to a terrorist does not calm him down. It only sends the message that you are weak and vulnerable.

Evil is a reality and has resulted in the death and misery of millions of people over the centuries.

The so-called gun control advocates want to make us easier targets for government control and evil of all types. If you really care about your family or your friends and community, get a gun and learn to use it.

“Out On A Limb” appears on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.

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