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Guns might have saved lives in California [Letter]

What stopped the murder rampage in California was a bullet to the brain ("UC Santa Barbara begins 'day of mourning' for shooting victims," May 27). It was self-delivered by the murderer, but that should not be a controversy among the living. Knife, car and gun combined to visit misery to the community. If only someone had been able to deliver that bullet to the brain faster. That would have required a "good guy" with a gun on his hip.

We as a society give police officers guns that we fully expect will never be used during an arrest (especially our own). Fact is, a majority of police officers never fire their guns at anyone. So why do the cops have guns? They have a gun on their hip (and one in the trunk) so they have a fighting chance to return home to their family in one piece.

In Maryland governors, mayors, even school superintendents are surrounded by guns. So guns can't be dangerous if these important people surround themselves with guns. In the California situation, everyone was stuck. Guys who were knifed couldn't defend themselves or call 911. People run over by his car couldn't defend themselves against a car used as a weapon either. People shot on the street just called 911 and then died. There were plenty of "good guys" in California but no guns on hips. Why do cops and important people get chances to return to their wives and families while California people don't? In Maryland, I don't get that chance to return to my home safely either.

I am a "good guy." I need a gun on my hip to have that fighting chance, just like the governor, to get me home safely.

Bill Krehnbrink

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