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Diane Turski

Thank you for sharing your story and for realizing that girls often learn at an early age that they are considered prey for boys and men more often than others would like to admit.

Gary Miller

Is it possible that the problem is not male and female? All female mammals have the same problems. Less among humans but caused by the same problem, the search for eggs that protects a species future.

Kelly Naschke

Had that poor young girl had the ability to defend herself should miscreants, such as the group you chose to associate with, had taken that encounter to the next level...I wonder what the outcome would have been? I wonder if she would have been nearly as frightened knowing she possessed lethal defence? I wonder if such miscreants would have turned the car around to harass her if they knew they might be on the wrong end of the ultimate deterrent?

Jim Forsythe

This is what you got out of this story? Not that harassment is wrong, and he whishes he could tell how sorry he is for what happen.
How do you know a 13 year old girl, on a mountain road in backwoods Arkansas, did not have a gun?
Do you want her to shoot, off of a horse?Have you ever tried that?
Did the group of 5 or 6 older boys have guns? Most do in that area.
I wonder what the outcome would have been, if both groups would have started shooting?

Cary Semar

You seem to think that guns are the solution to all social problems. If so, it is an unhappy solution. Guns are not the solution to the problem, guns are the problem. An armed society can hardly be called a civil society.

Carlos Ponce

From the CDC Study ordered by President Obama: "Priorities For Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence" "Defensive Use of Guns"
"Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies." pp15-16

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, what does guns have to do with harassment of a young lady?
Kelly seams to think guns are the answer to most encounters in life.
Maybe you are thinking of Parkland, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, Hitchcock High School.

This story was about a man, wanting to express his regret, for what happen in the past.
It is not about arming yourself.

Carlos Ponce

"Carlos, what does guns have to do with harassment of a young lady?"
I was responding to Cary's post who was responding to your post where you mention "shooting". Would you harass an armed girl? Remember, "Little sister don't miss when she aims her gun."

Jim Forsythe

Malcolm reminded us that harassment is wrong, and he whishes he could tell her, how sorry he is, for what happen
I mention "shooting" because I was responding to Kelly.
Cary was responding to Kelly.
Kelly tried to say guns were needed by this young Lady, which is not true.

Remember, this is the area the Bald Knbbers , Jessie James gang, Bonnie and Clyde, The Daltons,The Benders ,Belle Starr, Bloody Bill Anderson, and others called home in the past.
I grow up in a area like Malcolm was talking about. Everyone had guns, and problems were handled, without the law.

Carlos Ponce

Just think about my question: "Would you harass an armed girl?"
Don't mess with sis.

Jim Forsythe

Do you want 13 year olds, carrying guns? That was about the age of the girl in Malcolm's story.
At what age do you want people to start packing?
Just saying that he would use a gun, has turned out bad for a Hitchcock High School student.
Do you want students, teachers packing?
At what age did you start carrying?
Have you ever been shot at? I have!
If you remember right , it was not the one in the song that was assaulted that had a gun, it was her sister, and she killed.
Just as in the song, the girl did not need a gun to be protected.

Carlos Ponce

A 13-year old should be able to defend herself.

Carlos Ponce

If you prefer a more Liberal source see Slate:
"7. Guns are used for self-defense often and effectively."

Jim Forsythe

Do you want students, teachers packing?
At what age did you start carrying?
Have you ever been shot at? I have!

Carlos Ponce

Specified teachers, administrators with training should be armed.
"At what age did you start carrying?" I do not remember, it's been a while.
"Have you ever been shot at? I have!" If you were armed you could have shot back.

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