Column Comments Were Off the Mark
This is in response to Paul R. Dunn’s comments about concealed carry holders in Pinehurst (“Pinehurst: Quiet Retirement Spot or Armed Camp?” Sept. 14).
First, I am a concealed carry permit holder who resides in Pinehurst. Second, I am a recently retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army with nine combat deployments to the global war on terror.
Mr. Dunn’s comments accusing and referring to law-abiding citizens being “thugs” with carry permits, toting Smith and Wessons in backpacks raising havoc in Pinehurst, is so far off the mark and beyond offensive to someone like me.
Our community is full of quiet professionals who defend freedom. Many of us have concealed carry permits. It’s nice to know that Mr. Dunn can exercise his right to free speech secured by many concealed carry permit holders. By doing so he has managed to offend and call “thugs” those of us who defended his right to make a fool of himself.
Mr. Dunn, you should be thankful that we sheepdogs are out here to defend sheep like you. His remarks are an affront to our citizens who, like me, have gone to war and have written a blank check with their lives to defend our nation.
Editor’s note: In fairness, columnist Dunn did not call gun owners “thugs.” He quoted a worried Pinehurst resident as using that term at a public hearing on the ordinance’s revocation. Dunn criticized the NRA for “instilling such fear into our once-brave citizenry that some apparently believe ‘thugs’ are about to raise havoc in Pinehurst.”
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