Dave Young, letter writer of “Cowards with guns will always be afraid,” Thursday’s MDJ, needs to consider who he is calling cowards. No doubt many of his neighbors own guns and several probably have Concealed Carry licenses. I believe the number of Georgians with Concealed Carry licenses is nearly 700,000.
One category of FBI crime statistics alone is enough to make anyone consider purchasing a firearm. Home Invasions average 71,000 annually, an average of 1,420 per state. More-populous states will have more than lightly populated states. Larger cities will obviously have more than small towns.
Young claims the “Stand Your Ground” laws are “nothing more than a license to kill without consequence.” When a person is attacked, the SYG laws enable that person to defend him/her self, loved ones and domicile. Lacking the SYG, the victim could be required to retreat to avoid trouble if at all possible. That comes much closer to an accurate definition of cowardice than to prepare oneself for the unanticipated possibility of defending oneself against a superior attacking force.
I should point out, very few gunshot wounds are fatal, a fact to which I can, happily, personally attest. Only the fatal ones make the news. However, non-fatal ones usually have the effect of stopping whatever activity in which one was engaged.
While there are many who believe George Zimmerman intended to kill Trayvon Martin, it seems to me it would be difficult to aim a gun accurately lying on your back with another person sitting on your chest pounding your head on a concrete sidewalk. My only desire would be to get the person off me and stop the head-pounding. I suspect Mr. Zimmerman’s intent was along those lines.
The same edition of the MDJ carried a Page One story about four teens who are accused of beating a 36 year-old man, leaving him lying unconscious in the road where he was struck and killed by a vehicle. If Joshua Chellew had been armed, the outcome may have been different. There were witnesses both in and outside the gas station where the incident occurred. If any one of them had been legally armed and had chosen to step in, Mr. Chellew would be alive today and the four 18 year olds would not be facing murder charges. On the other hand, an unarmed concerned citizen who intervened might have joined Mr. Chellew lying on the pavement of a highway.
Young made a snide remark about how SYG laws “are nothing more than laws to promote the carrying and use of firearms without any state of or civil recourse by conservative legislatures in Republican-controlled states.” He evidently would prefer to live in a Democrat-controlled state where only criminals are armed.
As for me, I appreciate the logical thinking of a majority Republican state.