Letters to the Editor

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Carried Away

Regarding Jon Campisi’s recent story about young professionals exercising their right to bear arms:

Great article! As for the “statistics show most people who carry a gun for protection never have to draw their weapon, let alone fire it” comment, I thoroughly believe that. When I was shot at by street thugs, I was able to find cover, therefore I only readied my sidearm in case the assailant were to come at me. He fled without my needing to unholster. Things like this happen often but they go unreported by the media outlets. When it happened to me just one station ran the story and all they said was that there was shooting and property damage in a normally quiet neighborhood.

CHRIS  via philadelphiaweekly.com

What I can never understand is the fact that governors and mayors are protected by police and security personnel that carry guns. So if those public servants are anti-gun, they are in fact saying that their lives are more important than the publics lives.

JOSH via philadelphiaweekly.com

Guns don’t kill people, white kids with guns kill people. Of all the stupid things to laud, PW picks paranoid yuppies that carry concealed handguns every day. There is no reason, none, for Philly residents to carry a handgun all the time. People that do have more of a defense fetish than a clear position. Just ask them. I have. They also keep guns in such dubious places as under their pillow or mattress at night, or in their car glovebox or under the seat. It's a psychosis, not a statement.

LB via philadelphiaweekly.com

Great to see a fantastic, unbiased article about responsible folks—everyday people who are utilizing their right to defend themselves. There are enough laws on the books to make nearly anything one does illegal, but then again, when was the last time a criminal really cared about the law. It boils down to taking responsibility for yourself. These people are not freelance cops, but rather people that refuse to be a victim of an assailant. Hats off to you!

MATT via philadelphiaweekly.com

Foiled Plans

Regarding Jenny DeHuff’s recent article about the promoter bill:

This bill is a disgrace. It could utterly shut down Philadelphia as a city where you can hear vibrant live music of all kinds, all genres. Once again the legit promoters have to carry the brunt of an unfair load, but it effects the little guy who just wants to do a small show even harder. I worry about the constitutionality of infringing on the right to peaceful assembly. And with all the worries about how stretched thin the Philadelphia Police Department is, I am sure that undertaking the bureaucracy this bill will require is just how they have been waiting to allocate their already stretched resources. Bad on every count I can think of, and certainly several I haven’t thought of yet. Philadelphia, the city that smothers its art scene. 

MICHAEL TEARSON via philadelphiaweekly.com

This bill has the potential to erode all of the efforts that have been made in the past 10 years to get young people to move to or stay in Philadelphia. If arts/music/nightlife events in the city dwindle because of the red tape of this bill, the economic implications could be great. When the bands can’t play, there will be lost revenue for the bars and venues, resulting in less work for their staff and possible lost jobs. The lost revenue and jobs would mean less money going into Philly’s already empty pocket. Philly should be doing something right now to create jobs, not creating paperwork that would essentially make it impossible to do jobs in events and entertainment.

KATIE via philadelphiaweekly.com

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1. Anonymous said... on Jun 2, 2010 at 10:09PM

“LB writes, "Guns don’t kill people, white kids with guns kill people." Whenever someone mentions race for no readily apparent reason, I try to figure out what the underlying reason might be. The only thing I can come up with here is that LB is saying, in effect, "Oh great--now whites are going to become as stupid and thuggish as blacks." And come on, LB--"a defense fetish"!?!”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jun 2, 2010 at 11:56PM

“"And come on, LB--"a defense fetish"!?!”

I give his rant a one and a half on a ten point system.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Jun 3, 2010 at 09:51PM

“Anonymous #2: Who are you referring to--LB or Anonymous #1 above? In other words, r u agreeing or disagreeing with #1?”

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