Letter to the Editior...
Hi guys, i am writing a letter to the editior of a local editior. Currently i live in Pa, and been thinking of open carrying and trying to educate the public about their rights. I wrote this letter to remind myself i am doing nothing wrong, and hopefully i will be able to open carry. Any suggestions (positive/negative) comments, anyhing about this letter will be appreciated.
I live in Pa, if you need to know what statre im comming from.
Now heres the letter i hope-
Why do I not see more people practicing their right to bear arms in Erie?
Ever since starting my education at the college level, I began to wonder why I have to give up my right to carry a concealed weapon just to receive my college education. Like countless people before me, I gave 4 years of my life to serving the country, and protecting those so called rights that we all live by since the Constitution was written.
If I was a bad guy I would be less likely to attack someone with a plain sight weapon, knowing he could get his weapon out faster then I could getting my concealed weapon out. Let me remind you I am a law abiding citizen. There a numerous posts on these websites that I have been too saying something like man carrying a weapon deters bank robbery, man with gun deters mugging, etc. I think more people should not be afraid of the anti gun critics and carry their firearms with pride and support the Constitution.
If you are reading this, and would like more information on this topic I suggest you go to OpenCarry.org - A Right Unexercised is a Right Lost!, www.defensivecarry.com, and Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association. I think their members for sharing their information and experiences with me. The main reason why I do not open carry in the city of Erie is because going to Walmart that one time and having some insane crazy woman screaming GUN, GUN, GUN. Having her calling the local PD, and having them showing up and detaining me, that sounds so exciting that I would have to pass. To those anti gun aka “sheep”, not everyone with a weapon is a bad guy. We actually take our Constitution seriously and live by what it says. To those individuals that do not feel safe around our weapons. Sure you can go to a manger saying you feel unsafe around me because I have a weapon. I will go outside and conceal my weapon then come back in. But will you be OK when I tell a manager I feel unsafe around you because you look like a shady character., or when I tell the manager I feel unsafe around your knife that is hanging on your belt? I can go on and on with reasons why someone should report to a manager for countless reasons why they feel unsafe around someone else. To the store owners that do not display a “no guns allowed,” save your time and our time and post a sign, so we can just conceal our weapons and carry them in your stores anyways. To the stores that support the right to bear arms by citizens good job, I will conduct my business and give you my money any day you want.
I have no experience dealing with local police when open carrying. I have not read anything on the internet, nor heard anything from my fellow gun activists. All I can say to those gun owners who are scared on dealing with the police, just be honest, straight forward, follow the officers instructions. You are doing nothing wrong, therefor they can not charge you with anything. The main reason why I have not heard anything about police misconduct when it comes to “open carrying”it must be because the police are update on the state gun laws, and do not hassle anyone about open carrying.
Being pro gun I urge my fellow gun carrying citizens to not be afraid of what others may do, I urge you to practice (as I will be doing) displaying your firearm on your hip or however you desire to carry in plain sight and educate others on how the man with the gun isn't always the bad guy, he./she could be the person that saves innocent life's and deter robberies/muggings.
Hey good Idea. First off, am I right to think of this as a rough draft? The first paragraph I have quoted gets a good message across, but could be worded a bit differently. I (personally) wouldnt go with the "if I were a bad guy" line. When it is being read "I were a bad guy" will sit in the subconscious and lead to a skewed vision of the whole letter. Instead, I would give specific examples of the point you are trying to make, such as "on 15MAR2010 man deters would be robber " link______ and so on.
Originally Posted by Darkincin
I would double check with the Admins of the sites you quoted to see if they minded being linked to. Just as a courtesy to them. I would also avoid calling the crazy lady "insane crazy". I would instead just retell the story, as it happened, matter of fact like. The less negative adjectives you use to describe the antis or ignorant the better. No one likes to be called crazy or insane for their beliefs. On that note I also wouldnt use the AKA "sheep" reference. Although that is a common word in our community, it may be off putting to the :sheep: .
Overall I think you have a good letter. It just needs some refinement. Remember if it gets posted in the local paper it could go higher and you will be speaking for a whole community. The harder we work on our appearance, even in writing, the better we look.
Thank you for serving those 4 years as well. I wish more people would serve at least that. :hand10:
I know from experience that shorter letters have a better chance of getting printed. I would clean it up a bit (some punctuation and grammatical errors) and trim 2/3 off. Check your newspaper and get the average number of words in each letter so you have some idea about where you need to be.
Your writing of the sentence quoted below sounds like you're speculating on what goes on and what has happened in the past. If you truly are speculating and haven't researched the issue(plenty of good and bad stories on the internet), then don't write about it(that would be shotty journalism and there is enough of that on the birdcage liner paper already).
"The main reason why I have not heard anything about police misconduct when it comes to “open carrying”it must be because the police are update on the state gun laws, and do not hassle anyone about open carrying."
I have had letters to the editor published in USA Today, the Star Tribune, and the Pioneer Press (The latter two are the MSP area's biggest papers).
The odds are that any letter longer than 500 words will be immediately discarded unless you have some sort of special expertise and are writing as a guest columnist. For the random Joe writing a letter, 250 words or less is a good limit. Obviously, the letters most likely to be published are those that require little editing, meet the word count requirement (stated or unstated) for the paper in question, and directly address an issue the paper has recently written about.
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Originally Posted by SamRudolph
I had quite a few LTEs published (about six a year, on average for the past few years) and that's my experience, also.
Also, have never seen a paper publish anyones LTE w/ a suggestion that they (editor or reader) go to a Web site.
OTOH, I have sent email to editor w/ the subject line, "FYI -- Not for the LTE column" suggesting that they follow-up on stories in other papers and/or web sites -- as a resource for Op Eds (sort of one-time guest columnist items). That has opened exchanges with me and with those with special expertise/credentials and has resulted in the paper reprinting something from another paper or getting an Op Ed from the source I cited.
Also, another route is to establish a dialog w/ the regular columnist at the paper -- particularly those who cover the political beat. Sometimes, you can get a point made -- albeit they get the byline.
Thanks for the info. I am not good with grammer, i was going to have someone fix my grammer mistakes whenever i finished the letter. I will also shorten the letter also.
I will definitely second Bkrazy's post concerning some of your content. I read your statement and everything that I would have changed he picked up on, and helps to correct, perfectly.
Don't forget to spell check the letter.