In response to Mary Louise Williams in her letter to the editor titled “Teach gun safety to all,” let me first say that I am sorry for her experiences with guns being the wrong hands. Those tragedies are more than anyone needs to experience in a lifetime. I can’t even imagine.
Secondly, I would like to thank her for the tone of her letter. It was respectful, kind, and to the point. So many letters today are just the opposite.
I am an avid firearms enthusiast, hunter, Sportsman’s Club member, NRA member, and 2nd Amendment supporter. I am also a father.
What really caught my attention in this letter was the answer to her own question, “What did these deaths have in common? Each of these young men were experienced hunters, well trained in the use of firearms.”
While I don’t have the facts in front of me, I don’t doubt Mary Williams. To me, it’s really immaterial.
I always tell my friends and coworkers, lock up your guns when they are not in use. There are many reasons for this, and you can still be ready in an emergency. I believe there is no excuse for not securing firearms when they are not in use. Let me explain.
Kids will be kids. Kids are immature and inexperienced. They lack good judgment. Good judgment comes from experience.