DEAR ABBY: My parents told me that a member of their congregation carries a licensed gun when he’s in church. He is not a law enforcement officer or a private security guard but keeps the gun on him “for protection.” When I asked what the pastor has to say about this, I was told, “He doesn’t know or can’t do anything about it.”
I suggested that Mom and Dad speak to the congregation board of directors because they are legally and financially responsible for the church. They refused, even though they are not happy about this gun issue.
My parents have a long history of complaining about things but doing nothing to resolve them. I feel that if someone needs to carry a gun at all times, I don’t want to be in his presence. If he’s the target of an assassination, the killer might shoot the wrong person. I will not set foot in the church as long as that man is there.
I’m not sure what bothers me more — that this man is packing heat or that my parents have valid concerns and won’t speak out. What do you think? — Gun-Shy in N.Y.C.
DEAR GUN-SHY: If the man has a license to carry the gun, then he is breaking no laws. You are certainly within your rights to refrain from being in his presence. If your parents were really concerned about their safety, they would either talk to the pastor or go somewhere else to worship. They have done neither, so you should let it go.
I like the part which says, "I feel that if someone needs to carry a gun at all times, I don’t want to be in his presence." Although the writer didn't elaborate, I feel the same way and probably for the same reasons.
What's your opinion? Do you think is some cases the desire to be armed at all times is an indication of hidden problems? I'm not talking about people who make late-night deliveries in North Las Vegas or downtown Newark. I'm talking about the folks who go about their normal daily lives with guns, the supermarket, the local park, church.
Recently someone told us that almost all the crime was gang and drug related, which means for a non-gang and non-drug person going about their normal business, the chances of needing a gun are practically non-existent. In fact, studies have shown (you can look them up if you like) that over the course of a normal gun owner's life, he won't need the gun even once.
But, over a lifetime of carrying the gun, multiplied by the increasing number of folks who carry, chances of guns being misused are great.
For this reason I agree with the writer, Gun-Shy in NYC. People who feel they need to be armed at all times are dangerous. They've already demonstrated a problem in their rational thinking by coming to the decision to carry. Should we trust them to make other decisions, lightning fast ones which involve peoples' lives? No, we shouldn't.
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.