You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website,, on articles and opinion pieces we’ve published. The comments are reproduced verbatim.

In response to a column by assistant editor Jeff Linville, in which he talks about the need for, but dangers of, common sense gun control measures, we received these comments on our website,

William Campbell: You have an abundance of common sense. How in the world did you get a job as a journalist?

I disagree about short barreled handguns. Studies prove that the majority of self defense shootings occur at 3 yards or less, involve 3 shots or less, and are over in 3 seconds or less. If someone is “15-20 yards” away, why in Heaven’s name are you shooting at them? The FACT is that there is no problem with “civilians” shooting innocent bystanders, there IS a huge problem with “sworn law enforcement officers” shooting innocent bystanders using full-sized handguns. This is not an equipment problem or a training problem, it is the adrenaline addict attitude that made them choose a job in law enforcement.

You obviously misunderstand the Second Amendment. The 2A absolutely does NOT give you the right to defend your home and property from trespassers or groundhogs. The 2A was expressly written to ensure that “civilians” would always be better armed than the govt… Common sense does not change facts or US History. Our own govt remains a much greater threat than any bogey man from “over there”. This will never change.

Pat Orsban: I suspect a lot of liberals also suffer form road rage, and should not have a gun. I just know history, and any Gov that does not trust it’s citizens with guns should not have the trust of that citizen. I will take my chances with citizens with guns. It is a lot harder to stop tyranny after they have disarmed you.

Jay Hanig: I mostly enjoyed your column though I agree with Mr. Campbell with regard to snub-nose pistols. The criminal element isn’t likely to use one in any case, they prefer the ubiquitous 9mm. That being said, you pretty much hit the nail on the head as to why pro-gun folks are so adamant about compromise. They know that the anti-gun side chips away through successive approximations which never stop.You can’t allow them an inch unless you’re ultimately willing to lose everything. If I had a nickel for every time somebody sneered at me and said, “Nobody wants to take your guns,” I’d be a rich man. Of course they do. Right now they’re focused on the AR-15. I own one and they want to take it. That doesn’t count? If I boxed up my stuff and moved to California or New York, do you think they’d want to take my AR-15?


In response to an article by staff writer Tom Joyce, in which he reports a local consignment business owner had allegedly closed his downtown shop and taken the items many of his vendors placed there, but he can’t be pursued by police because of laws written to that make such actions civil matters, rather than criminal, we received these comments on our website:

bob vincent: The reporter says he fooled everybody. He didn’t fool me or anyone with half a brain.

Linda Sue: Perhaps local police can circulate this article to other departments in the state to protect more citizens from being scammed ??

Sam: Copied from a friend’s page. “I would need someone to explain to me why this wouldn’t fall under article 19 of the NC general statute. Obtaining property by false pretense GS 14-100. A Class C felony… Whether there was a contract or not…

And the law states the intent to defraud does not need to occur prior to the property changing hands… So no matter if he had good intentions at the beginning, they were defrauded in the end.”

Ah…. N O!: Apparently he is now working construction or home remodeling in Supply NC. Well according to his facebook. And he has a sister in the area……. DIcey rep there also.

Terry Hill: If you go back to the January 4th article, you’ll find I’m the only one who questioned this!!!

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