Printed letters, March 16, 2011

This is in response to the letter to the editor from David Cox regarding House Bill 1205, regarding concealed weapons permits.

I am a gun-owner, a long-time NRA member and have a concealed weapons permit. Reading Cox’s letter, however, left me with concerns as to the ability of a person knowing how to properly use and care for a handgun without training by a qualified instructor.

This would be akin to an individual getting behind the wheel of a car having never been taught how to drive.

I attended an NRA-sponsored, carry-permit class here in Grand Junction. There were about 20 attendees, of which five had never shot a gun. The comprehensive class covered safe handling, how to shoot, when to shoot and live-shooting scenarios.

I came away with the knowledge of the huge responsibility one has if faced with the split-second decision to pull the trigger. A non-trained individual would be prone to accidental or wrongful action.

I feel safer carrying my weapon, but would feel safer knowing my fellow carry permitees received the same instruction that I did. Let’s use some common sense about using technology without first knowing how to do so!

PETER DE BEVER Grand Junction

Local gun group supports bill to ease gun permits

The Pro Second Amendment Committee of Grand Junction supports HB 1205 because it will prevent, or minimize, casualties at Tucson-type events.

With regard to prevention, I fail to understand how a concealed weapon can be as efficient a deterrent as one that is an openly visible, warning of possible lethal consequences to someone planning an armed crime.

The committee suggests the Tucson casualties could have been minimized if at least one nearby law-abiding citizen had carried a concealed gun.

Logically, even greater safety for all could be achieved if the entire law-abiding citizenry of Colorado openly carried handguns. Such a situation would surely help our understaffed law enforcement agencies.

To get to the one thing HB 1205 proposes must surely require those selling guns to determine who is a legally eligible customer. A permit, costly, burdensome, bureaucratic or otherwise, seems essential. As a citizen, I expect no less.

DAVID COOK

Grand Junction

High-speed rail could be important industry

An industry bringing the world new, safe, doable, effective, efficient, economically sound, high-speed rail systems could well be the answer to recovery from the recession and smothering national debt our beloved country faces today.

But it won’t happen by our following other world leaders, who are already miles ahead of us in pushing the limits of existing, available, largely 19th century technology and concepts.  A number of major changes will be needed to bring about the required, above-outlined system. Possibly the two most important will be the enhancement of the involved “safety” attendant the low lateral stability and nearly endless, random surface hazards common to existing practices.  The solutions to both these problems are well known and simple but highly unpopular in some influential quarters.

Several countries have, for the last 30 years or so, spent enormous amounts of cash, plus mental and physical effort, striving to develop an acceptable high-speed rail system while practically ignoring or using expensive “workarounds” to address the above-mentioned problems. Several have bragged about blazingly high “top speeds” or record-setting “average speeds” in special demonstrations or test runs, without ever mentioning such mundane things as equivalent costs per passenger mile, energy consumption, or operation and maintenance levels.

All of the above can be effectively dealt with using available skills and knowledge and, in doing so, could provide purposeful, rewarding careers to a great number of our citizens while bringing our nation to the forefront as a leader of a new, sorely needed, world industry.

RAY LASHLEY

Grand Junction



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