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- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
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- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
Efforts to prevent carrying weapons increase dangers
To the editor:
I cannot understand why so many people are so upset over allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons. The ones they need to be concerned about are the thugs carrying weapons illegally.
Our governor and other like-minded politicians want to issue executive orders and pass local ordinances against concealed weapons in most public places. Will these orders or ordinances deter a determined individual from shooting up a public building? The answer is obvious.
It seems to me these orders and ordinances are sending a message to deranged individuals that says, "If you want to shoot up a courthouse, school or post office, we're going to make absolutely sure there won't be anyone there to stop you."
The same mentality applies to arming airline pilots. If I knew the pilot was armed, that's the plane I would want to fly on. If there are half a dozen law-abiding passengers on board with concealed weapons, so much the better.
It would be great if we lived in a perfect world, but unfortunately we don't. It seems to be getting crazier and more dangerous every day. The solution is not executive orders and more ordinances against law-abiding citizens. If more people carried concealed weapons, thugs and crazies might be motivated to take up a less hazardous line of work.
Marble Hill, Mo.