At times people are glad they didn't have guns

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Reading the story about the 71-year-old man, Curtis J. Reeves Jr., shooting Chad Oulson in a Florida movie theater (“Fatal Shooting in Fla. Theater Returns Focus on Self-Defense Law,” Jan. 15) reminded me of an incident a former co-worker of mine was involved in a number of years ago that could have ended similarly.

My co-worker was a quiet and even-tempered man. He was a hunter and gun advocate. He was following me in his truck to a restaurant for lunch one day when all of a sudden I heard car horns blaring and loud angry voices. When we got to the restaurant he explained he was involved in a road rage incident with some “youngsters” and “they were lucky he didn’t have his gun.” I immediately responded that he was lucky he didn’t have his gun. He thought about it for a few seconds and said I was correct.

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard, “If everyone was carrying a gun, gun deaths would be prevented.” The question I often ask my “gun rights” friends that always draws looks as if I had an arm growing out of my head, “Has there ever been a time in your life that you are glad you didn’t have a gun on you?”

I then explain I get angry sometimes and a gun wouldn’t be the best object in my hand at certain times in my life. Is my question too abstract for pro-gun people to grasp?

ROGER POWELL

Bellevue

 

 


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