The Norman Transcript

Opinion

May 18, 2014

A matter of freedom

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

I am writing in reference to forum article in the Sunday, May 11, paper titled “Grow some courage and leave the gun at home.

Is it cowardly to carry a gun openly? If it is, then all law enforcement officers would be cowards. As I read the article, many questions came to mind. These questions I would ask of Ms. Stanford. Do you know this gentleman that was in the restaurant? Did you courageously approach the gentleman and inquire as his reasons for having an open carry gun? Was he abiding by our state and local laws? Do you, Ms. Stanford, choose not to carry a gun?

So, because you choose not to carry a gun, legally, then you are full of courage? The gentleman chooses to use his freedom to carry a gun and he is labeled a coward. Now my biggest question, or most important question, would be, if a criminal, not legally carrying a gun, came into the restaurant and tried to hurt you or your family and the “coward” threw himself in front of you and shot the criminal, thus saving your life, would his label be suddenly changed to hero?

Truly, I think that a lot of people are just intimidated by such a gentleman carrying a gun without a badge. A policeman in the same setting would not have been given such criticism.

It is not a matter of courage or cowardice. No, it is a matter of freedom.

MICHELLE

NEWBERG

Norman

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