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How much freedom are you willing to give away?

As a citizen of the U.S. and resident of the great state of California, I pay my taxes, I like dogs and cats and most people, and I must declare I am a gun owner.

I am a former Marine, and I learned how and when to use a gun. I served my country for four years. I am distressed that a minority of our citizens are either afraid of guns or simply want to rewrite the Constitution. It’s like rewriting the Bible because you don’t like the Ten Commandments.

Yes, my heart goes out to the families of murdered children and teachers, and it didn’t need to happen. It truly takes a mad man to commit such an act. We are living in a fractured society, and I don’t pretend to have all the answers but, I do know that more gun control is not the answer. It is far more complex than that and will take some time to fix, if it can be fixed.



Wouldn’t it have been great if the teacher who tried to take down this mad man and subsequently was murdered had the “tool of a civilized society” — a gun to help her and the children survive?

… sometimes in this civilized society, we have to deal with insanity, and sometimes a gun or two can neutralize an insane person.

I am for better mental health care, better assessment of at-risk people and kids. All of us have this responsibility. I believe parents should pay more attention to their kids and their habits. I believe anyone who advocates the legalization of any street drug that will eventually filter into the schools should be ashamed. Hmmmm. A lot of our traditions and values that have worked in the past to solve problems have been trampled on, and it doesn’t take rocket science to recognize this.




Now sometimes in this civilized society, we have to deal with insanity, and sometimes a gun or two can neutralize an insane person. So with an open mind, I suggest we arm a responsible citizen or two to guard our kids, teachers and schools. Maybe a vet who believes in the Constitution, loves kids, has kids and, in other words, has a vested interest in this important job. But how will we pay for this? Well, how important are the kids? We just raised all kinds of new taxes. Can’t we prioritize some of it? Just asking.

Security at school should be priority No. 1. We can achieve this with proper security supported by armed guardians.

Those who ask for more gun law should recognize that we have many gun laws, and they are being enforced. How much freedom are you willing to give away?

Let’s concentrate on a solution for our schools, kids and teachers and leave the Constitution alone.

Emery Wood lives in Grass Valley.


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