Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


December 20, 2012

In Your View


ASHLAND — Weapons provide needed protection

I thank The Independent for printing Thomas Sowell's Dec. 19 column concerning gun control and the fallacy behind most, if not all, gun control advocates arguments. His views are a light shinning through the darkness.

My 85-year-old mom and I live alone on a remote 40-acre farm in eastern Kentucky.  I'm 65 years old. Our nearest neighbors are about 1/4 to 1/2 mile away and the nearest small town is seven miles from our home. It would take law enforcement at least half an hour or more over twisting mountain roads to get to us in a “situation.”

We already have a theft problem stemming from the “Hillbilly Heroin” problem in our area, and it would not be a stretch to think that our home could be invaded by these same individuals. We could once trust our neighbors, but that is no longer necessarily true. We are heavily armed and if there is a ban on high capacity clips, etc., I won’t be counting on the potential home invader to comply with those restrictions, and neither will I.

So banning high capacity clips will make me a criminal, a criminal whose mom taught school in this county for 50 years, a criminal who is a father of two daughters and grandfather of seven. It is not hard to imagine a scenario where I could spend the rest of my life in jail if the gun control advocates have their way.

 I view the gun control people as the monsters and just as dangerous as the monster who killed those little kids. They, by their actions, endanger my life, my families lives and our overall ability to insure our own security.

Thomas Sowell makes sense; Dan Thomasson and Bonnie Erbe do not! Please stop giving extremists a voice through you paper.

 Thomas M. Tackett, Isonville

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