Self-defense law allows protection at home and away

Published: May 12, 2012

Walt Hartig (Your Views, May 6) leaves out “keep” when proclaiming his support of the Second Amendment, which gives Americans the right to “keep and bear arms.” I disagree with Hartig's belief that Oklahomans should only have the right to protect themselves in their homes but shouldn't have the right to carry a weapon for self-defense when they're out and about. Saying “Let's talk it over” to a criminal bent on robbing you or on a killing spree isn't realistic. It's an emotional, dreamy wish.

“The days of Wyatt Earp and the OK Corral” only happened in the movies, not in real life. The gunfight in Tombstone between the Earps and the Clanton gang took place on Fremont Street, one street over from where the OK Corral is located. As far as I know there have been no gunfights in Tombstone or Bricktown between law-abiding citizens of Oklahoma who carry a gun in accordance with the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.

William R. "Bill" Melton, Oklahoma City

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