Columbia, SC — While Cindi Ross Scoppe makes some very interesting points in her Jan. 27 column, “Armed, untrained and doing the bar scene,” I find a very deep lack of understanding. She asked “why in the world anyone would choose, voluntarily, to go anywhere that they thought they needed a gun.” I can’t think of any place to go that I wouldn’t want to be armed. No one can predict where or when they may need their weapon to defend themselves.
Restricting the carrying of weapons because someone thinks they don’t need to is nothing more than catering to unfounded fear. Several states allow citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
Finally, I would like to address the use of the term “gun lobby.” It is used by those who want to restrict our Second Amendment rights in order to bring up images of an evil organization that wants to do you harm.
In actuality, the gun lobby is the collective voice of millions of ordinary people like me who want nothing more than to go about our day-to-day business in peace. Unfortunately, there are a few people out there who have no qualms about hurting others to get what they want.
William A Brown