Sara Kelly, so sorry to hear you lament about the new gun store in Los Osos (“Violence and ill will,” Letters, Aug. 5). You said it’s hiding behind “We the people.”
I am pleased to see the new store and the free exercise of constitutional rights that it represents.
To me, it means standing alongside “We the people.”
Regardless of how you feel about firearms, lawabiding Americans have a constitutional right, if we choose, to own and use them for lawful purposes. Owning a firearm does not equate to paranoia, violence and ill will.
The sign above the door also says “training,” so if firearms frighten you, I would suggest a training course may put you at ease, or at least give you a better understanding.
In the right hands, they are tools; in the wrong hands, they are no different than a car driven by a drunken driver, an axe wielded by a maniac or a knife in the hands of ISIS jihadists. It is the person who chooses to act violently and with ill will, not the tool. Wishing you a peaceful, beautiful and low-key retirement in our community.