Let's not be quick to take away gun rights
To the Editor:
I grew up in a small town in Indiana. I was fortunate enough to have relatives who lived in the country. My parents were very close to my aunt and uncle, who had a large family of seven children. Back then, the things we did for entertainment were ride horses, mushroom hunt, build forts in the woods and all the things kids did for fun back in the day.
Sometimes my older cousin, Jack, took me out to target shoot. Jack grew up shooting guns. I didn't realize it at the time, but Jack was preparing himself for the war in Vietnam. He was also preparing me. Jack was drafted into the Army and became a sergeant. He also became a decorated war hero; he carried two injured fellow soldiers out of an enemy ambush on his shoulders.
Let's not be so quick to take away gun privileges in the U.S. You never know when you or your children may have to defend yourselves. Although no one wants to end up in a firefight, I would prefer to own a gun and have the right to prepare myself.