New Etiquette for Firearms

RECEIVED Fri., Dec. 18, 2015

Dear Editor,
    With open carry laws less than two weeks away from bringing gunslingers to the produce aisle at the grocery store or in our classrooms, we Texans need to develop a new etiquette for firearms.
    Just because something is legal, doesn't mean you ought to be doing it. Nobody wants to see you playing Cowboy or Soldier at the hardware store, or while I am trying to eat my dinner.
    I do not know what you are so afraid of that you would need to carry a gun, but your being armed makes me more afraid of you and for you. I am afraid you will mistake someone as a threat and shoot them, or get yourself shot.
    It is time we started a conversation about just when and where loaded firearms should be considered socially acceptable, not just what the law allows.
    Frankly, I would rather you just left your gun at home.
Susan Cook
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