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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Anti-gun hysteria creates sitting ducks

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On the morning of Monday, Sept. 16, at exactly 8:22, our home phone rang. It was my husband. "I just wanted to let you know I'm safe," he said, trying to catch his breath. "There were gunshots in my building — wait, I can hear them again!" He assured me he was a safe distance away from the fire. Thus began a long day of horror for us both.

My husband, who is a civilian and has worked for the Navy for more than 25 years, had escaped the building. He finally arrived home after 9 p.m. that night. I picked him up at the Vienna Metro because he, like many others, was not permitted to go back to his car that day.

That night, as we prepared for bed after a long, nerve-wracking day, I heard D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton on TV speaking about "all these guns loose in society." Then I read in The Washington Times the comments of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, also politicizing the killings — when the bodies were still warm. I'm sick and tired of listening to these anti-gun lies. My first thoughts when my husband spoke of gunshots in his office building were, "My God, he doesn't have a gun to protect himself!" Then I thought of all those poor folks who were basically just sitting ducks for that killer.

When will this nation wake up? Does anyone truly think the only way to fight back against madmen with weapons is for our government to disarm the rest of the population, that taking away guns from responsible citizens will keep weapons out of the hands of crazy, murderous people?

Twelve people are dead because a mentally deranged man with guns went on a rampage in a military installation where, believe it or not, even members of the military are not allowed to carry their own weapons. That's right, this country has become so anti-gun, so hysterically terrified of our Second Amendment rights that not even our own military can be "trusted" with their own weapons.

Concealed weapons on the persons of law-abiding citizens in Navy Yard Building 197 may not have prevented last week's atrocities. But they may have. Maybe Aaron Alexis would have thought twice about entering a facility filled with military personnel if those individuals had had their guns.

I don't want my husband to be a shooting victim on a military base surrounded by military personnel who can't carry guns. I don't want to be target practice when a crazed, armed killer walks into a restaurant or school or movie theater. And I don't want to live in a nation unarmed, which is what America will become if our citizens lose their right to gun ownership.

Guns don't kill. Crazy and evil people kill. We must not allow our Second Amendment right to protect ourselves to be taken from us.

SHARON THOMAS

Linden, Va.

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