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My letter to the editorial of a local rag

Discussion in 'Activism' started by jeepmor, Jul 1, 2007.

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  1. jeepmor

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    This is a letter I submitted to the Portland Tribune regarding the Portland Police's unsolved rape cases. The Tribune is a local free rag that's actually pretty decent IMO. Interpretation, fairly straight forward with their delivery of facts instead of lots of slant to one side or the other as typical in rags like Willamette Week or the Oregonian. I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by the editor asking permission to print the letter. Not sure if it will print or not, but the fact that they even got back to me bolstered my respect for their points of view, or willingness to at least consider printing a pro self defense stance. My only chink I can see would be my acceptance of these rapists being injured and/or killed and not feeling sorry for them. Might be a rather callous approach to a soft readership, but we are talking about rapists here, not fuzzy bunnies.


    Original story link so you can verify my source and honesty in posting it w/o alteration.
    http://www.portlandtribune.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=118245714662664800

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    LETTER_CONTENT: pertaining to the unsolved rape cases.


    I fail to understand how finding these rapists will be more effective for society as a whole. Sure, it will put the offenders away. However, this is America, and we have a right to bear arms. Also, this is Oregon, a shall issue state for concealed handgun licenses. From a pro-active approach, we should be encouraging women to get their CHL and train to defend themselves. The community, papers like the Portland Tribune, should then be boasting the high percentages of women carrying concealed weapons per capita. This would create a deterrent before the fact.


    Recent events have made my wife feel this way. Why should she be expecting the police to find the offender when the offender should be dealt with proactively instead of after the fact. Sure, some offenders will be injured, some fatally, at least we can hope so for these type of predators deserve this type of treatment in my opinion. However, for the most part, they will simply turn tail and run, leaving the woman uninjured without her having to go through an earthshattering event on her psyche.

    Regards,
    Tom
     
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    Any inputs?

    How'd I do?

    I appreciate any critique because I find myself responding to these issues quite often and want to be careful to help our cause, not hurt it. I really can't sway some of the emotional responses that typically ensue over the RKBA issues from the non-beleivers. We can all agree that women should not be victims in the first place regardless of what a police bureau does to solve crimes.
     
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    I do agree with your surmise that being crass about the possibility of a rapist or other violent criminal being injured or killed might turn some people off and thus ignore the point of your sermon. However much I might agree with your sentiments, we must remember that we must bring these people along gently.

    Good letter. Well composed and logical. Well done.

    Pops
     
  4. Baba Louie

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    Devil's Advocate

    To sway some, it might be a tactic worthy of consideration to take the other road, (tongue in cheek) i.e., that of the avowed "anti-gun" position and claim that it is better for society overall to have 100 victims of this despicable crime than to have one poor misjudged violent sexual predator killed or injured at the hand of some wiley gun toting female who is lying in wait to ambush an "alleged" rapist, a policy you have accepted over the years and learned from the Brady Campaign, VPC, and the Million Moms March movement. In other words, play the "Devil's Advocate". That it is far, far better to "Let the Police" solve the crime after the fact than to take the law into one's hands. :eek:

    Such a slant would probably garner several dozen or scores of response follow up letters rebutting the position stated above. (Editors love it when they have controversy that actually gets read.) Of course you'd end up having your clock cleaned by any and every right thinking individual who writes in response to such a position not to mention you'd have to stomach bearing false witness... :scrutiny:

    Naaaah. Never mind. While I'm sure it would work to generate lively rebuttal and make some people think, it's not worth selling your soul over.

    Per your letter, any woman who actually did take matters into her own hands and successfully defended her life would still, probably find herself
     
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