Letters to the Editor

Carrying is a bad idea

My conscience requires me to respond to Fred Campbell’s unrealistic worldview in which all of us, including primary school teachers, would be forced to carry a deadly weapon in order to avoid becoming the victim of one.

For several years, I had to carry a firearm because of threats related to my job. I was skilled, licensed, trained and very careful, but I did not enjoy the constant vigilance required to keep my weapon out of the hands of someone who might hurt, or be hurt by someone else; it was like carrying a bomb in my purse. Imagine how Fred Campbell’s fictional school staff member with the concealed weapon would feel if his or her gun fell into the hands of a curious child.

Not all of us want to be characters in some “Dirty Harry” scenario. We need rational gun laws.