Critical of comments on Boston bombing

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 15, 2013 

I felt I must address the so-called retired police officer's rant on the NRA's question "How many people in Boston wished they had a gun two weeks ago?"

His mindless rant quotes "shooting pressure cookers" and "putting the injured out of their misery." Where did you read that in the NRA statement, Mr. Retired Police Officer? I thought real police officers were supposed to look at the big picture, not just the part you want to see?

I'm willing to bet there were lots of people that wished they had or did have a firearm in their home when the police were in a gun battle with the two terrorists so they could lock themselves in their homes and guard their families from home invasion by the terrorists trying to flee the police chase.

Perhaps the poor guy whose boat was used as a hiding place by the surviving terrorist had or wished he had a firearm to protect his family while waiting for the police to arrive?

Don't let your hate of firearms cloud your judgment. Lots of honest people use them legally. Concentrate your misguided efforts on the ones who don't.

Hopefully readers who read the retired police officer's comments don't think all retired police officers are fools by making such limited-focus comments. A wise man once said," It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." Good advice to heed Mr. Retired Police Officer.

Keith M. Olson

Ferndale

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