Letter: Solution is not black or white

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Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president, said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” With that in mind, then, a young man being stalked by a man with a gun had no right to protect himself physically, but if he also had a gun and felt his life was in danger, he could have shot the stalker. And if he had shot his stalker would the jury have found him not guilty?

It’s suggested by many that everyone should carry a gun for protection. So if everyone has a gun and can “stand your ground” when he or she feels threatened, how will we be able to tell the good guy from the bad guy? A bad guy doesn’t always look bad, i.e. Ted Bundy, while some may think a dark-skinned man in a hoodie looks really bad.

I have an idea. When a gun is purchased the owner will be given a “Good Guy” or “Bad Guy” badge to wear. But who decides which badge you get to wear?

What difference does it make? You have a right to carry a gun, you have a right to stand your ground, and you have a right to pull the trigger. Right?

Geraldine Jarvis

Vancouver