Letter to the editor: A gun is useless if you don’t have it

“Now there was no smith found in Israel: for the Philistines said, ‘Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears. So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people . . .’” (I Samuel 13:19, 22)

See, the Philistines had found the perfect way to keep the Hebrews in subjection: sword control. It worked. In the day of battle, the Hebrews didn’t have any serious military weapons. But, turning a couple of pages, we come to 1 Samuel 17:49 where David killed a very large Philistine soldier with a rock – and stampeded the enemy (verse 52).

Here we are, about three thousand years later, and the Usual Suspects don’t want us to have serious military weapons in the day of battle. They made “deals” with our enemies to limit our nuclear weapons. And they so seriously badly want to limit our personal weapons. No large capacity magazines. No semi-automatic weapons. No large calibers. No “ugly” weapons. No military weapons. No military-looking weapons.

This becomes an issue in every election. One side says that disarming the people will reduce violent crime. The other side says that an armed population resists crime best.

About this time next year, about a thousand candidates will start campaigning for 33 Senate slots and for all the seats in the House of Representatives. They will all tell you to vote for them to reduce violent crime. Some will say you will be safer with (or without) a gun. Some intend to pretend this or that. Some will even (gasp!)  lie about it. Many don’t even want to think about it, much less come out with a clear position.

When some criminal is shooting at you (at baseball practice), there is no time to run to your car to get your gun. If you don’t have it with you all the time, you won’t have it when you need it most. It will depend on your vote whether it is considered a crime to carry it.

Ladies –  don’t carry yours in your purse. When you need your gun, you don’t want it to be over yonder on a table. You want it on your person. And, it will depend on your vote whether it is considered a crime to carry it with you all day, every day. This is serious.