To the editor — The Seattle Times on Jan. 6 ran a column by Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr., “Taking the NRA’s advice to its logical conclusion.”
Pitts starts with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre’s notion that “The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” “Accepting” this argument, Pitts then lists the places where good guys with a gun could stop bad guys with a gun. LaPierre apparently means armed guards. That is, any place where recent shootings have occurred.
Armed guards everywhere: Schools (see Newtown), firefighters (New York), grocery stores (Delray Beach, Fla.), malls (Portland, Ore.), chicken processing plants (Fresno, Calif.), private residences where New Year’s Eve parties are held (Lakewood, Calif.), street corners (pregnant woman and unborn child shot and killed in Miami), movie theaters (Aurora, Colo.), and so on.
One reads his commentary and can’t help thinking about all the “good guys” who have written letters to the editor recently about what they, packing heat, would have done had they been in that Newtown school on Dec. 14. I assume they’d pack heat everywhere and “save” us whenever the need should arise.
A “well-regulated militia?” Indeed.
Run for cover!