To the Editor:
I am disappointed by the recent decision of the Lebanon City Council to opt out of the new concealed carry in local parks law.
I think the feeling was that we don’t want the bad guys or criminals to have guns in our parks around our children and spouses and by opting out of this new law we could stop them. Really? The bad guys and criminals are the bad guys and criminals because they don’t obey the law. The only thing accomplished by opting out is that you are telling the good guys, the law-abiding, safety-trained, permit-holding guys, to leave their guns at home. I can hear the criminals snickering now, “Hooray for the bad guys.”
Do we assume that the police in our city, as great as they are, can be everywhere? Let’s be honest, the police are most often responding to a crime that has already been committed and not to one as it is happening.
I have two children in school and a wife who teaches locally, and by opting out of this law I feel the city has put them in a larger possibility of danger. I can only hope that if the time comes, and they need assistance while in one of the city parks, that I can find a big rock and that my aim is true.
Quick thanks to Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath and Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer for standing up for our rights. Lewis WhitenerLebanon
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