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.)