Township guard

Dear editor:

As I read the article in the paper on Thursday, all I could think was how ridiculous this situation is. A guard is brought in to protect grown men and women at a small township meeting because it is unconstitutional for them to restrict firearms on the premise and because they “choose” not to carry.

Meanwhile, our children are attending schools in “gun free” zones with no law enforcement present to protect them. Our children in public schools are taught that guns and weapons of any kind are “evil” and that they should “fear” them. They are not allowed to draw a creative picture of a gun, carry a small harmless pocket knife, have a tiny gun charm on a keychain. It is frowned upon to look at a Cabelas magazine that has guns and knives in it. If guns are brought up in a students casual conversation and the wrong person hears, that student may find him or herself in the Principal’s office. I find it very disturbing that if a child accidentally carries a pocket knife to school, he better keep it a secret all day. The days are over when he or she can be honest and turn it over to a responsible adult to avoid getting suspended.

I choose to avoid those “gun free zones” if at all possible. Have you noticed that the vast majority of gun crimes are occurring in gun free zones? Most criminals are NOT law abiding citizens. They do not read “gun free zone” and then decide to leave their target. If a criminal knows that an area is “gun free” it is an open invitation to that criminal to enter with his/her weapon with no fear. To me, gun stores are the safest, most secure public place to be. The employees are armed and so are many of the patrons. How many times do you hear about a crazed gunman entering a gun store during there open hours to rob them?

The criminal gunman will always have an open invitation to those places that are “gun free” and where citizens are taught to fear the gun that he holds. Those places are vulnerable and the gunman knows it. Why don’t we understand this a community and as a nation?

Marjie Stevenson