Letter: No Gun Problem in Vermont

To the Editor:

I disagree entirely with the opinion that Vermont has a gun problem. If I see someone committing a violent crime, I shoot him/her — no problem. If we have to consider gun control, just look to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the top court in the country ruled solidly in favor of the rights of gun owners.

I live a peaceful life, minding my own business, threatening no one with my hidden Glock Model 17 handgun. But if I see someone committing assault and battery on a child, or committing arson at a school, or robbing a bank or grocery store, I will simply get out my G17 and end the crime immediately. The cops cannot be everywhere, and I do not expect them to be. The U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment gives me the freedom to comprehensively protect myself and nearby innocent persons. I will therefore honor our founding fathers and the Second Amendment.

Mitchell A. Ota



Letter: Disagreement With His Disagreement

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

To the Editor: I was not surprised to see Mitchell A. Ota disagreeing with someone who suggests that Vermont has a gun problem (“No Gun Problem in Vermont,” Aug. 18). He has posted in a similar vein several times previously. Mr. Ota admits that he carries a hidden pistol, a Glock Model 17 (gun advocates often name make and model …