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Letters to the editor

Put Mace, Tasers in schools’ arsenal

Mace has been a stalwart tool in the handbags of many women to protect them from harm. Wasp spray, because of its extended range, has been recommended for home defense. However, its efficacy has been questioned and it is illegal under federal law to use it for any other purpose.

Bear spray is required when you go into a park where there is danger of attacks. It is Mace, but with a broader range and in a larger canister. The concentration of Mace is not increased.

There is a type of Mace that has an extended range comparable to wasp spray and bear spray.

Rather than arm people in schools or other areas with guns, it would seem plausible to consider this deterrent. A can could be in the desk of every teacher and carried by every maintenance man. They would attend practice sessions for aiming and use. Picture a lone gunman with three or four teachers spraying him.

I think it might be a good alternative and less troublesome and expensive than fortifying with guns. Even if other methods are used, it could be an auxiliary measure. Another possible deterrent could be a Taser, in case the assailant was wearing a mask.


Paper’s anti-gun bias made clear

Well, it certainly is clear which side of the gun control debate The Journal Gazette resides on. The top story headline on the Jan. 14 front page read: “…Guns take 3 from woman.” Had the killers used knives, would your headline have read “Knives take 3 from woman”?


Second Amendment has dual purposes

I wholeheartedly disagree with the left’s (i.e., Democrats’) emotional outburst about new gun control laws, but this time it is personal.

Twenty-five years ago a man was convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 years. With the good-time rule, his out date is 25 years from the start of his sentence. With the community transition program, he might be back on the streets as I write this.

Not too long ago this convicted killer sent me a letter in which he wrote, “I know where you live.”

No law will stop this man from getting a gun if he wants one. No protective order will keep me safe if he is intent on killing me. Law enforcement is reactive, not proactive. If I am dead and the criminal justice system puts my murderer back in prison, what has that done for me?

I have no recourse but to depend on my own ability to protect myself. No law will keep me from carrying a gun. No law will make me surrender my gun.

Make me a criminal with your gun control law and lock me up, but that hardly seems fair. The bigger the gun, the faster it shoots, the more protection I have.

Spend a day in my shoes. Would you care if I sent him your name and address and asked him to substitute you for me? I won’t send him your name, but please don’t kill me with your gun control laws.

There are two reasons for the Second Amendment. One is self-protection from other citizens. The other is self-protection from the government. On this occasion, I claim both.

TERRY L. SMITH Columbia City

Headwaters could house statue

It seems to me that the location (for the Gen. Anthony Wayne statue) should be obvious.

The city has a fantastic park situated right next to a river, a pavilion and a beautiful new bridge. It is spacious, with a fountain and – by golly – statues toward the northern perimeter. I do quite a bit of photography, and the site seems to be frequented by large numbers of people. Oh, and right across the footbridge is the Fort. I think the general would be happy there.

Also, non-lethal weapons, such as Tasers, seem to be by far the most logical means of approaching violence in schools. Has anyone given thought to stray rounds ricocheting off concrete walls and floors, regardless of who has the weapon? And imagine, should the unthinkable happen, how parents and a teacher or janitor would feel if a child were killed by friendly fire.


First responders’ care appreciated

I would like to extend a very special thank you to all the first responders and everyone else who worked the scene of that terrible accident that took the life of my loving wife at U.S. 30 and Doyle Road on Jan. 8. Your professionalism was outstanding, and your compassion and thoughtfulness helped my children and I get through a very difficult time. May God bless you all.