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Opinion

January 5, 2013

In case of attack, whip out a Camel

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NORMAN —

Just Google “robberies thwarted by homeowner” and put yourself in the position of any of those would-be victims. Police, as good as they are at their jobs, and God bless them for their courage, are at a disadvantage. When seconds count, they are only minutes away.

Our position on firearms makes us neither good nor bad.

I respect those who dislike them in the name of peace (If only the criminals would agree), but I find the intentions of anyone wishing to disarm me quite objectionable.

Gun ownership is not a requirement, yet it should not be curtailed. It is our right, protected by the Second Amendment.

Attempts to redefine those intentions will only serve to further divide our nation. It is the wrong argument.

Our energy is better utilized elsewhere. Adding more laws will have no more effect than anti-smoking ads, prohibition on alcohol in the ’20s and ’30s, or anti-drug laws today. In fact some effects would be serious and negative.

Making law breakers of good people by virtue of their desire to protect themselves and their loved ones is bad policy. Nothing would change for those who would do us harm except to remove one of their worst fears.

But then I suppose when the glass breaks at midnight we could always whip out a Camel.

Bill Dragoo lives in Norman.

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