Gun critic suffers from ‘total lack of understanding’
August 03, 2013 11:56 PM | 899 views | 3 3 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Subject: Letter by Dave Young “Cowards with guns will always be afraid,” Thursday’s MDJ

I read the letter by Dave Young in the MDJ and marveled at his assumptions and total lack of understanding about why people carry guns, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

I spent 24 years in the military (Army, infantry) and carried a weapon when in training and during combat situations. I didn’t do it because I was a “coward” or because I was afraid, but because it was part of me in those situations. I was prepared for any unexpected situation.

After I retired from the military, both my wife and I applied for “concealed carry” licenses in Georgia, and for the past 10 years have had guns easily available to us or on our persons. In all that time I have never thought that I would be tempted to “take a human life simply because you (I) are (was) afraid.” I did not live in fear of some unknown assailant. I was, however, prepared to confront and control any threat (real or perceived) to me or my spouse.

Being prepared for any eventuality is not the same as living in fear, or being a coward, but rather good planning and common sense.

How does Mr. Young know what Mr. Zimmerman felt during the “confrontation” with Martin?

When does “fear for your life” become sufficiently real so that you are justified in using a weapon in self-defense?

I would suggest that unless Mr. Young has been in such a situation, that he should withhold judgment of the actions of others.

Col. John R. Parker

U.S. Army (Ret.)

Kennesaw

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Guido Sarducci
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August 06, 2013
Too Funny, I submit that, had the Col. been a volunteer neighborhood watcger in development with 18 break-ins/burglaries in recent months and had encountered an unknown/unidentified person, out walking in the rain, with no apparent destination, he would have done exactly as Zimmerman did and kept him under surveillance whole calling 911. When asked by the 911 dispatcher where the subject was, he would have gotten out of his car to try and pinpoint the location. If he had been attacked, as Zimmerman was, he might have acted the same.

Too funny
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August 08, 2013
Guido, 911 instructed Zimmerman to stand down. I submit that our Col. would have followed orders and that an unarmed kid wouldn't have been killed.
Too funny
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August 06, 2013
My guess is that you, being a properly and thorougly trained military professional, would have acted much differently the night Travon Martin was shot and killed. Namely, you likely wouldn't have tracked him in the first place and rather would have relied upon authorities to do their respective jobs.
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