- - Thursday, August 27, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The time has come to do away with “gun-free zones.” They have become the prime hunting grounds for just about every sick or angry individual in the country.

Each of us within our own community should petition local and state lawmakers and top law-enforcement people to take a fresh look at these areas. Most of them could and should be opened up to those people who have earned concealed-weapons permits. It has been proven to us time and time again that those of us with permits for our guns are among the most responsible and law-abiding citizens we have. Given the opportunity, they may save our lives or the lives of those we love.

It’s just common sense. These folks are armed while shopping in grocery stores, pharmacies, malls and most other places we visit every day. They present no danger to anyone in these locations. Why do we think they would behave differently in our parks, churches, government offices or anywhere else? They would not. But when the nutcases open fire, maybe one or more of the good guys would save lives.

I’m not suggesting that people who own or are responsible for private property should not declare that guns are unwelcome on their property, if that is their wish. We are, and hopefully will remain, free people in a free and democratic republic.

It is often said that in order for evil to succeed, the good guys must do nothing (or perhaps be unable to do anything). Let’s rethink our policies of disarming the very people who may save us. If those mothers and fathers who would be looking out for us are required to leave their sidearms locked in their cars, how can they help us when we need it most?

C.D. STUBBS

St. Augustine, Fla.

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