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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:00 am

There are so many bank and other armed robberies that it seems an easy way to make a living — and no taxes. Take the guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens so only crooks will have access to them, and then raise taxes so more police are on the street to protect citizens who are not allowed to protect themselves; wait 30 minutes, they will be there soon.

So if we can take the training and know the liabilities, should we be allowed Second Amendment rights? Maybe I am in the minority, but I think so. Are there times when you go into an area that is uncomfortable? How about going to school in the middle of Skid Row in 1944? Scary, you bet. I had a job in the middle of Stockton Skid Row in about 1948 working for Igloo Ice Cream Co. Of course, I didn't tell my folks where I was working. I had experiences that most people would cringe at just the thought. The smells of Skid Row you will never forget. I drove Yellow Cab nights after my day job of driving truck for Speedy Transport in about 1959. One of the stations for Yellow Cab was in the middle of Skid Row, so you had to wait for the next fare in rotation. Skid Row was one of the largest on the Pacific Coast at that time.

Back to concealed carry permit: What are we going to have to do to make this available to law-abiding citizens? Check Australia's turn in you gun law and the increase in crime. Don't worry, your victims are not packing heat. And don't worry, it is only going to get worse.

Ben Coleman

Lodi

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