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Defense is necessary

To the editor:

Recently a columnist asked, "Why would there need to be an armed society if that society has provided for the public safety by constituting a police department?" To answer perhaps we should ask those who feel the need to be armed.

We could ask those who in 1943 stopped the German army for almost a month when they were trying to empty the Warsaw ghetto. The Jews fought valiantly with a small number of weapons. Sadly we can’t ask them because they were all killed by the government’s police and army.

Or we could ask the millions of Ukrainians who were forced from their farms by the Soviet government’s troops and either shipped to Siberia or allowed to starve before being transported. But once again they are all dead. Then there are the millions of Chinese and Tibetans who were killed by Mao’s government. Perhaps we should look closer to home for the answer.

A shooter in Colorado killed two members of a congregation. He then proceeded to another church where he killed two more. His deadly rampage was stopped not by the police department but by Jeanne Assam who used her pistol to engage the killer and stop his murdering.

In the Ft. Hood rampage the police officer that did stop the killer lamented that she wished she could have been there sooner. She knows that when seconds count the police can be minutes away.

Why do killers select government ordered gun free zones when looking for helpless victims? When mass murders are stopped is it usually by civilians not the police.

We have a duty and obligation to protect ourselves and those around us who cannot protect themselves. Did not Jesus say "if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one."?

Roger Jestel

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