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February 1, 2013

READERS’ FORUM:Feb. 1, 2013

Training fine, but when in a pinch …

In an opinion piece by Richard G. Kennel printed on Jan. 25, he stated that a man or woman not well-trained in the use of firearms would likely do more harm than good. His thoughts were in response to a new NRA slogan that a good guy with a gun will stop a bad guy with a gun. He also cited a couple examples of trained individuals that made a difference, and he went on to say he didn’t have a problem with the citizenry packing as long as they’re trained, and he also gave stipulations on the training, and that some were or could be “woefully ineffective and even dangerous.”

I agree with Richard in one sense that trained would be better than not. If I had a certain problem in a certain area, would a trained proctologist be better than one of my pals that was good at plumbing? Without equivocation. But let me start that again, however. If Richard or I dropped due to a coronary problem in public, he would prefer a “trained” individual save him lest he be damaged further from a broken rib that could possibly puncture his lung or damage some other vital in his innards. While he or like-minded individuals wait dying, I’d prefer somebody just give it a shot (play on words intended).

Statistics bear out that in certain states, just the notion that he or she could be packing is and remains quite the deterrent. Be advised, if a perp or a poor misguided soul who needs treatment or a hug is intending to do me or mine harm, and I can’t get to mine, or whoever you might be, break it out, aim for center mass and get with it.

— Todd Umphries

West Terre Haute

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