When you need a gun, they're nice to have around

Sept. 22, 2007 12:00 AM
If you can, permit one more log on the fire of controversy about the value of gun ownership ("Gun ownership is a cherished right," Letters, Sept. 15).

The American Rifleman, a National Rifle Association magazine, prints a fine column in each issue titled "The Armed Citizen." These are law enforcement report items from newspapers across the country about ordinary people who were saved from serious harm or death because they had a firearm to protect themselves from others committing a crime against them. Many of these would-be victims are elderly.

The argument about the need for self-protection can best be summed up by a Los Angeles assistant district attorney who several years ago refused to carry a firearm, even though she was legally authorized to do so. After she recovered from a vicious assault by a hatchet-wielding assailant, she purchased and began to carry one.

Asked to explain her change of behavior she said, "Seventy-five percent of the people may never need a gun. Those that do will need one awful damn bad." - Ralph Frye,Sun City West