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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Re: Ed Palm’s commentary, “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition,” published on May 8:
First, I would like to thank Palm for his service to our country, and congratulate him on his first grandchild.
Although I am not quite sure what motivated Palm to pen this article, I know what has caused me to respond. My oldest daughter is graduating high school in a couple of weeks and will be attending Liberty University in the fall. She is more precious to me than oxygen, and I would never want to put her in a place that is unsafe.
That is one of the reasons that I approve of her decision to attend Liberty this fall. I firmly believe that Liberty is a safer environment because of concealed carry.
Ted Nugent, love him or hate him, makes a lot of sense when he quotes Robert Heinlein in saying, “An armed society is a polite society.” Statistics show time and again that the crime rate drops when citizens have the option of arming themselves. Recently, NBC News Justice Department correspondent Pete Williams reported that, “Gun violence in America has fallen dramatically over the past two decades.”
In that same time period, gun sales have reached an all-time high. Is this a coincidence?
I would like to comment on statements Palm made that:
“Some high strung, hair-trigger zealot may just misconstrue an ambiguous situation and shoot an innocent person,” “One of Liberty’s self-appointed, gun-toting guardians could be motivated by a neurotic need to become a hero” and “Adam Lanza was partly motivated by one-up-manship. He wanted to better the body count of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik.”
Any of these proposed scenarios can happen — and has happened where concealed carry was not allowed. However, the equation of perceived power changes when the other guy might be armed.
The “high-strung, hair-trigger zealot” may think twice about escalating violence if he stands to lose. Lanza might have been stopped if some “self-appointed gun-toting guardian” had been at the front of the school that fateful morning.
Palm’s statement that young adults “are not generally known for exercising sound judgment” is inflammatory and misleading. College students, just like anyone else in the state, must be 21 or older to be eligible for a concealed carry permit. They cannot have any criminal background or history of mental illness.
By age 21, most college students are seniors and are on the verge of launching careers and having families. Palm does not trust them to have a legally obtained license to carry a concealed weapon? Give me a break.
Recent history has proven that mass killings can happen anytime and anywhere. Statistics show that in almost every case where mass killings occurred, concealed carry was not allowed. Is this also a coincidence?
A defensive shooting will be a life-altering event, no question about that. Nothing can be the same afterward — except that the defended might be alive to receive counseling. I’ll go with that option.
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