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Print | The "Public's Right" to Carry for "Public Safety"
Post Letter to the Editor - Jun 22 2009
by Post Editor : letters@portervillepost.com

Dear Editor -- and Senator Leno

As a law-abiding citizen, a veteran, an active state reservist, a newly-signed columnist for Porterville Post (an on-line news provider, with a growing readership) a member of REACT International (Radio Emergency Associated Communications Teams and [12yrs] former President of same [w/ 2yrs as President of the Central California Council of same]), an Elk and a retired federal employee, but still active with my union, I am vocally (with all of my associates and readers) unalterably opposed to restrictive anti-gun legislation.

I have read the DOJ and FBI stats and different writings, from both sides, and have to say that continuing to pass anti-gun legislation (since it is only respected by law-abiding citizens) falls into the category of insanity; doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Contrarily, the 40 states who have passed Right-to Carry, or (what I prefer) Shall Issue Permit laws, have seen an across the board decrease in crime.

On a personal level, my wife and her mother were (each) confronted by a drunk or drugged individual, who demanded entry or they would kick the door in. Each was armed and informed the intruder that forcible entry would be met with a bullet. In both cases, the intruder went, quietly away. If they had not, there would have been serious consequences.

The ladies were trained, practically & mentally, by me and knew when to shoot and when not to shoot. Only such instant, on-the-spot defense will keep a 90 pound grandmother safe, from a 200 pound "druggie".

If your intent is, truly, the safety of the public, I respectfully suggest that you get the truth and begin to support the other side in this debate.

Sincerely, R.L."Mack"McElreath -- ssg6mack@gmail.com

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