To the editorial staff of the Rolling Stone:
As a young child growing up in Rolla, Missouri, life was relaxed and everything you would expect out of a “Leave it to Beaver” type town….that is until my dad had to lay-off a problem employee at his major logistics company. The employee had a history of violence and was a convicted felon. Once laid-off, the employee started making death threats towards our family. The situation was serious enough that I had to be escorted to and from school by two SWAT team members, every day, for an entire year . . .
Even with armed guards, we were not allowed to live our lives as normal people. The threat of being stabbed to death by a crazed-man was always in the back of our minds. We weren’t living, we were just surviving and we felt like cattle, ready and waiting for slaughter.
All of this changed when an uncle, who was a veteran law enforcement officer, loaned my father a Glock 21 and a Walther PPK. My father took our family to the range and even though I was young, I was forced to shoot. Along with my family members, I emptied magazine after magazine.
With each bullet that left the end of the barrel and struck its intended target, we were freed. More and more with every loud bang! We were no longer slaves to the ill will of a convicted felon. We still had to check over our shoulders periodically, but we did it knowing that we could handle whatever we saw.
The Rolling Stone’s assault on the firearms rights of U.S. citizens is irresponsible and will allow criminals to act as tyrants to lives and minds of law-abiding citizens. If your publication was successful in its campaign against the U.S. Constitution, then you would most likely be killing ten times the amount of people than you could have ever expected to save.
I realize that everyone makes mistakes and it is how we recover from those mistakes that shows who we really are. You can still fix your misguided step into world of anti-gun literature, but you will need to start publishing the other side of the story. You will be overwhelmed by the mass quantity of good people’s lives that are saved by firearms every year and it will most likely help to boost your number of subscribers.
Thank you for your time and consideration.