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home : opinions :   May 29, 2016

1/15/2013 9:46:00 AM
Letters to the Editor: How many shots does it take to stop evil in its tracks?

I noticed (Jeff) Stahler’s cartoon in the Jan. 9 NewsTribune depicting a student at his desk taking a quiz while the dialog balloon asks, “If an attacker has a 30 round magazine, how many good guys with pump-action shotguns will it take to stop him? I quickly realized that I know the answer and I am eagerly writing to share it. The answer, of course, is one!
I once attended a lecture by a retired Lieutenant Colonel who stated there are three types of people in the world: Wolves, sheep and sheep dogs. The wolves, of course are predators whose nature is to kill, while sheep dogs are all those individuals willing to stand between the wolf and its selected victim. The sheep are the vast herds of souls who cluster in fear, unwilling or unable to do anything to help themselves but sit and wait for the shepherd (government) to save them. You see, sheep fear the sheep dogs as well as the wolves because like wolves, sheep dogs also have teeth.
Scripture states the meek shall inherit the earth. Rest assured that if you cringe meekly in some corner of a room while a wolf armed with a gun, knife, ball bat, scissors or whatever advances upon you with intent to harm, you most certainly will inherit at least six feet of the earth.
You do have three other options, however. First, you can cry for the shepherd, but I recall a quote that stated, “No child in fear ever cried out, ‘Uncle Sam, save me!’ Instead, they cry for mom or dad.” Expect no help there. Second, you can call a sheep dog, but one may be miles away and the wolf’s nefarious deed will be done long before the sheep dog can arrive. And finally, you have the option of simply not becoming a sheep. Be willing to take action when circumstances demand.
How many good guys with one-shot muzzle loaders does it take to stop an attacker with a 30 round magazine? Only one, if he has a spine instead of spaghetti for a backbone, the resolve to pull the trigger and the fortitude to stop evil in its tracks.
Michael Skowera

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