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1/18/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letters: Pack heat and hang in there

How long is it going to take people to understand that defense of life is a personal responsibility that cannot be designated to anyone else? No law enforcement person has the duty or the responsibility to defend my life! Their duty is to enforce the law! It is very sad that in order for me to attend a public meeting I must disarm myself! I cannot understand how 20 young kids and six adults (teachers) could be killed by one person!

What if one teacher was packing heat that day and shot the killer after he had murdered his first victim?

Large numbers of people apparently are afraid of guns. The reason people are afraid of guns is because they do not know how to carry a gun safely. They do not know how to fire a gun accurately within point blank to 20 feet, and are not aware of the tremendous responsibility of carrying a deadly weapon.

There are, of course, large numbers of people who really don't think about being shot! There seems to be some things more important than dying! I wish that I could carry a handgun on my person for the purpose of defending my life in all places!

Have you taken the time to very carefully read Article 2 (Declaration of Rights), Section 26, which guarantees the right to bear arms in defense of your life? The framers and signers of the Arizona Constitution gave a lot of attention to the right to bear arms in self-defense.

Some at the meetings suggested that the bearing of arms should be determined by law, while others believed that it should be a guaranteed right! Fortunately, the right to bear arms is a right that we (the citizen) have. (See Article II, Section 26, Arizona Constitution.)

You may say, "I don't want to carry a gun on my hip like a cowboy." I'm telling you that you can carry concealed and who knows if you are armed or not?

Come on, folks! Pack heat and hang in there!

Mac McCarty

USMC (Retired)


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Frank :Lee Speaking

@Doing Research

"The Second amendement says "keep and bare arms"...."

No, it does not. And the rest of your rant was rendered worthless because you could not get that correct.


Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: J L

I am originally from California and was afraid of guns. I thought just the police officers should have guns and everything will be okay. Boy was I wrong. We moved to Arizona and my view changed immensely because I learned. I bought a gun and took a class on how to use it. I was shaking when I first fired my own gun because I do know what it can do. But with a firearms safety class I learned so very much about a gun. I am not so scared anymore. I respect the practice of having and firing a gun now. It is my right and I am exercising it. I am glad I live in an area of the country that respects that right and exercises it on a free basis. Thank you to Sheriff Sheahan and all of the other elected officials who have that same mind set.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Randy Travis

There you go Betts. Let everyone know you dont have any guns and your scared of them. that should keep you safe.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Ian Betts

Original Kingman Resident in the month of Jan. 51 gun shows are not allowing attendees the right to bring a loaded gun into the show for safety reasons. If the people who are selling the guns do not trust their patrons to act in a safe and responsible way why should I. Accident do happen . The fact is even though most people want and try to act in a responsible manner when handling a gun many do not have the training to do so. That is why more then 1500 people are killed in gun accidents yearly in the US.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@Michael Betts

Municipalities decide whether guns may be allowed at public meetings.

There are many reasons people would bring a gun to a public meeting. Most law abiding gun owners who carry do not use their guns to intimidate others. It is unfortunate for you that you categorize people who exercise their second amendment rights in that light.

Some go to public meetings to express their opinions and sometimes they become impassioned, but it is a huge jump between being impassioned while expressing an opinion verbally and taking out a gun and shooting up a group of people.

If a deranged person wanted to shoot at people with whom they did not agree, they'd find a way to do so gun ban or no gun ban.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“The people who exercise their right to carry are always well behaved and respectful.”

I would like to see the facts that would support such a contention. Thank you.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Betts

Original Kingman Resident by Az. law people are not allowed to bring even a holstered gun into a public meeting. It is not the gun I fear it is the crazy person carrying that gun. There is no logical reason except fear and intimidation to bring a gun to a public meeting . Public meetings often become heated and reading some of the I hate,distrust and fear of the government talk that is taking place in America today I believe banning guns at these meetings is the only sane course.

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: David P Grimes

I remember hunter/gun safety and drivers education being elective classes in high school that cost a couple of bucks.
Seems I remember having to sign up for either class the prior school year due to the popularity.

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: az mac

Doing Research
I can bet you have never attended a meeting of any kind. The people who exercise their right to carry are always well behaved and respectful.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

@Frank Lee

I've mentioned on here plenty of times that I'm both pro-gun and a gun-owner myself.

One of my fondest memories as a child was my dad and I with a .22 semi rifle in the hills just west of Hackberry on 5-mile road. I forget why we stopped the car, but we got out and saw one of those tarantula hawk wasps about 15 feet away. Small target... but still reasonable. I took a few shots, then my dad did, until we ran out of rounds. Thought we got the wasp a few times... and yet every time it managed to fly out of the dust cloud. Still makes me laugh to this day.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Why Not Poll Teachers and Parents

I am amazed teachers would even consider placing themselves in such a position by agreeing to carry guns into a school. I would think those teachers are a small, small minority.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

Think outside the box for a minute....

(Spoiler alert, this proves how insecure the people making this argument are)

The Second amendement says "keep and bare arms"....

and you want to bring "arms" into these meetings...because that includes guns

So you want to make it OK for people to bring ALL the following into a city government meeting:
-Pipe bombs (or maybe a bag of M-80s)
-Potato guns
-Pitchforks (ahem!)
-Molotov cocktails
-Bottles of Sulfuric Acid
-Trained attack dogs

Kingman is known for people to dislike the government means enough people actively hold paranoid anti-government sentiment. The only way for the general public to engage city government is in a place where those who are doing their work don't have to also worry about 1 crazy person shooting them. How do you do that? Ask people to leave their guns outside.

BTW- who helped disable your ONLY EXAMPLE of an AZ Government meeting shooter in Tucson? Yes, an unarmed 61-year old woman!

So what you're saying here is that you don't think that the people of Kingman are, as a whole, stronger than a 61-year old lady from Tucson WITHOUT a gun. No wonder you all whine so much.

Keep telling me how important that gun is at a government meeting, grandma.

215 words

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: dean freeman

big bad wolf we have you to fear, you've got your head stuck in the sand, or some place.
Every time one of these shootings acure, the Bad guys are the only ones Armed or haven't you noticed that. Now mentally, put a gun in the hands of a responsible person on site and you might be able see a different outcome.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: The Odds Are ...

@ Michael Betts- "... most people who are buying guns now are not qualified and have no right to own a gun until they are qualified."
You MIGHT be right up to a point. I believe people should be able to own the gun, but not handle it loaded (emergencies are an exception) until they are expertly trained how to safely use it. Just like learning how to drive a car, a person can sit in it, ride in it, wash it, and even own it, but should be trained how to safely operate it before acquiring a license and driving it.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@ Michael Betts

Actually, brandishing a weapon is illegal in AZ, so if someone carried a gun to a public meeting and used it to intimidate someone with whom they disagreed, they could, and should, be arrested.
If the person keeps their gun holstered and you are so scared of guns that the very sight of one intimidates you to the point that you are unable to express your opinion, that would be your problem.

The reason that a person would bring a gun to a public meeting, or anywhere for that matter, is that they have a right to under the Constitution, and it is none of your business to ascribe any motivation on their part.

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Betts

You are retired military Mac so you have 1000'of hours of training in the responsible way of handling a gun. Most American's do not have this training. They go to the local gun store or Wal Mart buy a gun and their good to go. This idea that every one is qualified to pack heat as you so boldly stated is absurd. With the purchase of a gun should come certain responsibilities like having to learn how to use said gun and proving you have the knowledge that you are qualified. I am pretty sure the USMC did not just give you a weapon and turn you loose. If you went through the same military as I did you had many weeks of training and then had to show that you knew what you were doing with said weapon before you were considered qualified and put in a position that you might have to use that weapon. Even well trained people in high stress situations are not very accurate[As proved by NYC police officers firing 16 shots at a man from 8 feet and still managing to miss him most of the time while wounding 9 bystanders.] As far as taking your gun to a public meeting the only reason for wanting to do some thing like would be to bully people who do not agree with your point of view or do not choose to bring a gun. If you are so worried about criminals having guns or like Ms Athens who is supposedly scared of her neighbor maybe you should ask why every newspaper in this area accepts guns for sale in there classified sections. Go to a few garage sales on a Sat. morning see how many are selling there unwanted guns to any one who has the dough. The truth is that most people who are buying guns now are not qualified and have no right to own a gun until they are qualified.

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: R H

Is it 'paranoid' to keep a spare tire in your vehicle ?. Most people do that every single time they drive without a thought to it. The consequence of NOT carrying a spare tire is normally just some time spent waiting for a tow truck. The consequence of NOT being able to defend yourself or your loved ones when the need arises (no sooner , no later) is much greater. Therefore , I carry EVERYWHERE .

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: Bad News Buck

Buck starts here,
I can't pass.
This nonsense was started by,
Gun Lovers.
Eat your flowers.
Idiot ideas about having Armed police,
in the schools.
Great way to start a dictatorship!
Life is always a gamble, put guns in a school, and expect more shootings in school than ever.
Recall in early 60's children singing new lyrics to an old song
"Glory, Glory , Hallelujah,
Teacher hit me with a ruler,
Hid behind the door, with a loaded 44,
and the teacher ain't teaching no more!"
No new thing under the Sun, but gun owners and dealers brought this nonsense out thinking they had a new parade, ugh.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: De Nube

Anyone that thinks places should be gun-free are missing the point. Criminals have a bad habit of breaking the law, just like in Sandy Hook!! People will still shoot others, even in a public meeting. So tell me, if a bad guy has a gun and is shooting people, what do you have to stop him?

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Who's Afraid Of the Big Bad Wolf

And when are the people who feel the need to have an arsenal of weapons going to understand that you have nothing to fear but fear itself.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Arizona Moderate

Mr. McCarty,

I'm from a multi-generational family of gun owners, but the idea of taking a gun to a public meeting seems just shy of paranoid. Who in the world would want to be in a crowd with people packing, just aching for that "I told you so" moment to administer some vigilante justice?

More than a gun owner though, I'm an American first that accepts that my 2nd Amendment rights end where the next person's 1st Amendment / Freedom of Association rights begin.

NRA members may be quite vocal in their manufactured "what if?" scenarios / scare tactics and implied primary threats to legislators, but they're only 1.3% percent of the population. They don't speak for the majority of (common sense) American gun owners - they're a drop in the bucket.

Keep guns out of public meetings.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: True American

Great Articles, Nice to see that Amreica is still alive and well, Marxism just will not work in America

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Well said Mac! The lemmings that all too many Americans have become follow in lockstep with obama in the systematic takedown of the greatest country on earth.

I don't know what it will take to wake them up but I cry daily over our demise.

And sadly, still they refuse to look into the fact all the shooters have been on drugs, all have had mental problems but other laws, as was the case with the Tucson shootings, prevented anything to be done prior to the shootings.,

The Tucson shooter was so scary, he was repeatedly reported at school. Other students had complained they were afraid he was the kind to show up one day with a gun and start shooting. Teachers reported the same. A tattoo artist who tattooed him reported the same.

But his privacy could not be violated. A man in my neighborhood is similar to him. I have been warned by his family to keep my doors locked. He walks freely, has tried shoving his way into my house three times. Brute force by me shoved him back out. He has been institutionalized, only to be cut free at his own request. When I do yardwork, he stares a hole thru me with blank eyes.


Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: C C

Great article, I also will tell you the major reason why most people are anti gun or scared of is because of the Hollywood and media brain washing through movies and television, on T.V. 99.9% of the time guns are used for murders and if a good guy has a gun it ends up as disadvantage for the good guy. Also our young are being brain washed in public schools.

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