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Letter: Common sense should be standard for safety

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From: Bud Herron


So, if I properly understand the comments of the police in The Republic’s front page story of May 28, a person can carry a loaded pistol tucked in his waistband into a store.

If he doesn’t secure it with reasonable care and it falls out of his pants and shoots someone, no state law has been violated.

Yet I can be charged with “reckless endangerment” for any number of acts that any sensible person would know might hurt someone else — even if I had no intention to harm anyone.

If I drive recklessly, leave my child in a hot car (as was the case in another story on the same page), fail to keep a leash on my guard dog or do any number of other thoughtless, careless, dangerous acts, I can be charged and prosecuted.

Could it be that our society’s apparent hypersensitivity over protecting “gun rights” and paranoia over any legal restrictions have led to a double standard?

Common sense and reasonable care for public safety should be a universal standard.

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