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Criminal must wonder if victim is armed

Published: February 16, 2013

James Mitchell (Your Views, Feb 10) made the statement that we can “cowboy up” (whatever that means!) without strapping on sidearms like Wyatt Earp. He acknowledged that we have the right to protect ourselves and our families, but that we also have the responsibility to evolve past the times of our fathers and grandfathers. I found that statement to be confusing and ironic.

The very reason we live in a more dangerous environment today than Tombstone and Dodge City is because of our decision to ignore or turn away — evolve past — the tried and true age-old wisdom and hard-learned lessons passed down to us from our forefathers. It's because our forefathers had the courage and resolve to enforce the laws of the land, regardless of how distasteful and unpleasant it may have been, so that their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren felt safe, not just at home but everywhere.

There was no need to bear arms when I was a child in the 1950s and '60s. I'm proud, as Mitchell should be, of the present leadership of Oklahoma — especially our governor, who's clearly guided by sound common sense and more interested in the well being of her state than in winning a popularity contest.

When a violent offender feels the need to pause and consider the risk of being shot to death by a potential victim regardless of how vulnerable the victim “appears” to be, we're on the right track.

Kevin Wiyninger, Midwest City

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