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Letters: Good guy with a gun, Can this be serious

Good guy with a gun

Jane Anne Hollandsworth’s recent Health Matters article, “Are you prepared in case of a shooting?” (The Pueblo West View, Dec. 26, 2013) is informative and, hopefully, a wake-up call for Pueblo West readers.

The public should be prepared for shootings.

“Run, Hide, Fight” is not bad advice, as far as it goes.

However, we Americans are empowered with the right to protect ourselves from gun violence and must not dismiss that right.

Ironically, most shooting events occur in Gun Free Zones, “…such as Columbine, Newtown School, Aurora theatre, and the recent shooting at Arapahoe.”

Following Newtown, Conn.’s massacre, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre commented, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.”

As if to confirm that point, the Arapahoe High School shooter ceased his assault upon realizing that a “good guy with a gun” — a school resource officer — was responding to his location.

Readers may recall a 2007 Colorado Springs church shooting; brought to a peaceful conclusion when an armed congregant engaged the offender.

Imagine what may have happened had just one responsible person — “a good guy with a gun” — been present at Columbine, Newtown school or Aurora theatre.

Ms. Hollandsworth’s article suggests, as a “Last resort …fighting back with improvised weapons such as a fire extinguisher; use books, trash can, or other objects to throw at the shooter.” •••

Can this be serious?

Why not employ an effective response?

No reasonable person brings a fire extinguisher to a gun fight.

As Ms. Hollandsworth suggests, our workplaces, churches, and schools, should develop plans to counter gun violence.

Her missing ingredient is “a good guy with a gun” — responsible American citizens, trained and prepared to engage “a bad guy with a gun.”

John Parmenter

Pueblo West

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