Two pounds of iron can even things out

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2002

In response to Mr. Adams's letter "No reason to own a gun," I laughed when I read the comment on our "excellent police force" keeping him safe. If being kept safe to Mr. Adams equates with how fast they are on the scene after a crime is committed, then they are indeed "excellent." This is not meant to insult the local police. Just stating the obvious.

His words have the ring of a typical new age coward who is willing to trade freedom for the false security of government control over every aspect of their life. Unwilling (and obviously incapable) of defending himself, he wishes to prevent anyone else from being able to do so. This, in some mysterious way, makes him feel safe.

Reading between the lines, I made note of the comment about not needing a gun for subsistence purposes. It automatically makes me suspect that the next item on his list for the betterment of society is to outlaw hunting, then fishing, then perhaps meat eating.

A passage from a recently read novel sums it up for me:

"Armed people are free. No state can control those who have the machinery and the will to resist, no mob can take their liberty and property. And no 220-pound thug can threaten the well being or dignity of a 110-pound woman who has two pounds of iron to even things out."

While Mr. Adams apparently trembles in fear at the very thought that his neighbors might be armed, I find it comforting to know that my neighbor is prepared to defend himself and perhaps his neighbor if need be.

While Mr. Adams might feel secure in a society where only government officials are permitted to be armed, I find such a prospect frightening.

I am sure that Mr. Adams will feel very secure, if he is ever in a life-threatening situation, to use his threat to dial 911 as a defense. "Hold it right there! I have a cell phone and I'm not afraid to use it"!!!

One thing for certain, Mr. Adams, anyone looking for a likely target has already been informed by your letter that you are a much better one than I.

Ed Finnesey

Juneau



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