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Letter: If citizens are using firearms in the correct manner, leave them alone

If you ever see someone use a seat belt to strangle a woman, call the police. If you ever see a person use a bike helmet to hit a child in the face, call the police. If you ever see someone throw a car-seat off an overpass just to cause an accident; or activate a fire alarm to rob a store; or use a fire extinguisher to spray someone in the eyes, call the police. And, if you ever see them using a firearm in any dangerous or unlawful way, call the police.

But if you simply notice them wearing their seat belt while driving, leave them alone. Or if you watch them teaching a child how to properly adjust their bicycle helmet, leave them alone. Or if you see a young woman selecting the proper rear-facing child seat for her newborn; or perhaps you notice a carbon-monoxide detector or fire extinguisher in their home … don’t ignorantly complain about it or question how they protect themselves or exercise their rights or freedoms. In fact, we could say, “You should do the same,” but let’s just say, “Leave them alone.”

So when you see citizens wearing a handgun in public (open carry), just leave them alone. And if you see them teaching a child how to properly and safely handle and use a firearm, leave them alone; or if you see someone helping a woman select the best handgun to keep her family safe; or see them practicing at the range; or if you notice a firearm safely stored in a friend’s home … we could say, “You should do the same,” but let’s just say, “Leave them alone.”



Defensive firearms are not assault weapons. Calling them such is ignorant, prejudiced, bigoted and offensive. Assault is behavior, not hardware. It is vital to know that there is absolutely no difference between firearms and items like dead-bolt locks, seat belts, alarm systems, smoke detectors, or any other thing that protects us from danger or harm. It’s the person’s misuse of objects through offensive violence that should be alarming, be it a hammer, tarp, rope, duct-tape, etc.

Edward Wilks



Rifle


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