Pharos-Tribune

December 30, 2012

PUBLIC FORUM: Guns don’t make killers


— In his column on the gun debate (“Gun debate in need of compromise,” Dec. 24), Gordon Southern states “this is what I think, what do you think?”

I think he needs to check his facts. You can’t carry a gun on a work site without the employer’s permission. You can take a gun to work but it has to be left in the vehicle locked up our of sight in the parking area only. It cannot be taken out of the vehicle. It is illegal to carry a gun to an organized sporting event such as football game. Teachers, administrators and students in colleges can carry guns in some states but not in all states. In high schools and elementary schools teachers and administrators, not students, can carry guns with the school’s permission.

As for the Sandy Hook event, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

The National Rifle Association was founded in 1871 by a group of National Guard officers for the promotion of rifle marksmanship. Just recently the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment is an individual right to keep and bear arms. Just because you carry a weapon does not mean you’re going to become a killer. You can have disagreements and arguments while carrying a weapon and not even consider using it. If you shoot someone because you are mad at him you have a mental problem. People who carry weapons take their use very seriously. As for you not needing a gun in your 33 years of teaching; that was then, this is now.

Michael Colvin

Flora