The case for guns
I've got some serious questions for you to consider regarding your recent article in the Nashville Scene ("Shot With Their Own Gun," Nov. 25).
If a gunman decided to start firing at will in the Wildhorse Saloon or any other bar or restaurant in downtown Nashville, how many people do you think would be killed before he a) turned the gun on himself, or b) was taken down by the cops? How many dead? Thirteen (as with Ft. Hood and Columbine)? Or how about 32 in the case of the Virginia Tech massacre? All three incidents, which occurred in your preferred "gun-free" zones, happened because the gunmen were given the green light. They knew they wouldn't be stopped by any law-abiding civilians who had been prohibited by unconstitutional laws to defend themselves.
Let's say you happened to be enjoying a few drinks with your wife in that bar being shot up by a crazed Nidal Hasan or Dylan Klebold. Do you think there's a chance that one of your so-called "gun nuts" or "gun freaks" could save your life, or your wife's life?
What anti-gun folks like you don't seem to understand is that no matter what the venue is, the only thing that will stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.
What you are essentially saying is that you'd rather take your chances with the criminals of society—those who are in and out of jail, who don't obey what the law says anyway—than with ordinary people who've taken tests, paid fees, and learned how to safely use a gun in order to defend themselves and their fellow citizens. Explain to me how this makes any sense, Mr. Woods. You can't, because it doesn't. (And don't tell me you're worried about the .0016% of permit holders who committed crimes recently.)
Before you go on labeling people who could save your life someday "gun nuts and freaks," you might think twice about the reality of how many lives are saved every year because of handgun carry permit holders like myself. I guess you didn't think that bit of info was important enough to look up for your biased, one-sided article.
I'm not a nut or freak, Mr. Woods. I'm a college-educated communications professional with a family and a mortgage. I love life and refuse to roll the dice with the real freaks of this world who don't care any more for your life than they do for mine—and wouldn't think twice about gunning us down in the name of drugs, money, addictions, a twisted political ideology, etc.
I sincerely hope you will overcome your fear of guns and accept the reality that evil can strike anywhere, anytime. There is good and there is evil, and the more you appease evil by restricting good, law-abiding citizens, the more Ft. Hoods and Virginia Techs we're going to have. Is that what you prefer to roll the dice with, Mr. Woods?
My goodness, that's got to be the best (albeit saddest) article I've read in a long time in a Nashville publication ("Our City in Ruins," Dec. 3). My compliments to the Scene and Ms. Phillips. I hope much good comes from it.
I can think of many more happy endings like the Union Station itself and the Frist arts building. But overall I agree with the story. Nothing shocked me like the tale of the McCampbell house, though. Early 1800s structures are truly remarkable.
That's a lot to look up
In a mid-November letter to the Scene, Jack D. Walker demonstrated a typical conservative approach to history: "Just make it up, most people won't know the difference" ("Love/Hate Mail," Nov. 12). And then he played the conservative trump card: "Be the victim."
Walker claimed "the South" still is being mistreated by "victors" who "write the history," and blamed all of "the South's" bad press on slavery. He clearly hoped we'd forget the real bottom line on the Civil War: "Secession was treason. Confederates seceded. Therefore, Confederates were traitors," for, you see, "the South" was not and could not be a legitimate country. No, the Constitution does not allow secession. Look it up.
So with all the current talk of secession heard on amhateradio and FAUXNEWZ, and the question of secession having been answered as "settled law" in 1865, it's important to keep in mind that the next generation of "secesh" will be traitors too. And all who advocate secession are automatically guilty of sedition. And, no, sedition is not protected speech. Look it up.
God help America.
Brantley says thanks
"Rocketman" is a literary masterpiece, one that will linger in your readers' consciousness for months and years to come ("Death of a Rocketman," Nov. 25). Left in the hands of a lesser writer, Rocketman [Hal Graham] might well have suffered the fate of so many extraordinary characters left in the hands of hack journalists. But using all the elements of great storytelling, [Brantley] Hargrove managed to bring Rocketman to life, and honor his legend. After reading about the Rocketman, I feel more alive, more human today, convinced that the rocketman is looking down from space, smiling on the writer who captured his life and his legend in full.
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