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December 21, 2012

Letter: Guns and our own self-protection

To the editor:

I can’t in good conscience neglect answering those anti-gun letters, and their cliche-filled rhetoric about the Wild West.

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

And at this point, I’m going to make an educated assumption: the gun control letter writers probably would not know how to use a side arm. That, to an extent, explains why so many young people are shot and killed by their own weapon; they have probably never had to carry a fully loaded sidearm, for an extended period of time.

Allow me to lay out a case for carrying one under our Constitutional right to bear arms.

I believe it was the late 1970s, and the place was the state of Kansas. After a year of unusually high volume of violent crimes against women, a blue ribbon panel of criminal justice figures came up with a pilot program called; “This Gal Shoots.”

Here’s how it worked. Any woman was eligible to apply, and after a cursory background check — similar to our CORI checks — was interviewed to determine what make and model firearm was best suited to her wardrobe ease of concealment, etc. With the best-suited firearm determined, every woman applying was issued a permit, told to buy a weapon and return for an in-depth training course in its safe and proper use.

Upon completion of their training in the responsible safe use of their personal weapon; each woman was given a certificate of competence — and two, bright red decals that were in the shape of the iconic “Colt .45 Cal Automatic, imprinted with the words; “This Gal Shoots!” One decal was for prominent location in a front window of their home, the other for use in an automobile.

After one year of the program’s inception, statistics showed that violent crimes against women had declined by a whopping 75 percent, without the ladies ever having to fire a single shot.

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