Letter: What is gun-toter afraid of?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:19AM
What is gun-toter afraid of?

To the editor,

Recently, MLT quoted a local public official who “straps on [his] gun every morning” when he puts on his pants. This left me bewildered. What, exactly, is this man afraid of?

When I was in my 20s, I lived in a poor area on the south side of Chicago. In fact, I was once knocked down and robbed on my way to tutor at a nearby school. I also walked some sketchy neighborhoods when I worked in Manhattan. I do understand what it means to feel justifiably fearful.

But in the Monadnock region? Seriously? I have lived here 33 years and have never once felt afraid to walk down the street.

And afraid at a public meeting? Really? Shouldn’t we elect public officials who have the courage and self-assurance to deal with conflicts tactfully and to talk down confrontations rather than feel so threatened they have to brandish bullets? In fact, I would suggest that anyone who feels too insecure to attend public meetings without bringing along a weapon really should not run for public office.

Jeanne Dietsch