SENIOR PROTECTION MYTH

I would like to take this opportunity to point out to everyone who believes the police can protect us that they are having grand delusions. There truly is no real police protection. Let me explain.

What happens when someone gets robbed, mugged, raped or murdered? Are the police there to stop the criminals from hurting the victims? Hell no!

They come along after you are lying there bleeding, or in the hospital, or in the morgue, and then they write their reports and question witnesses, if any live ones can be found. I repeat myself for emphasis: The police will not be there while you are getting robbed, mugged, raped or killed. They will not show up until you are maimed, robbed, raped or dead and the perps are long gone.

The foregoing is especially true for senior citizens. Any criminal over the age of 12 can easily overwhelm most seniors over the age of 70. The elderly have no defense, and the police will not be there when they are attacked, or killed or robbed.

Conclusion: People must protect themselves by any means necessary, using guns, clubs or pepper spray. This is especially true for seniors over 70. Since most criminals carry weapons, and we the law abiding victims are not allowed to do so, we must improvise, using clubs, canes, baseball bats or pepper spray. I strongly advise every senior citizen, especially those over 70 (like me) to buy pepper spray (two or three small canisters) and get trained on how to use it. Carry it with you everywhere you go and keep it handy so you can reach and activate it fast.

~  JOHN JAY

via email

GLAD I’M NOT YOUNG

My experiences in school were bad. I was bullied, beaten up, stalked, assaulted and harassed from my first day of preschool to my last day of high school. The effects of that will be with me to my last dying breath. I’m glad I’m not young anymore.

As bad as it was for me, though, I did walk away from it. I got out of there alive. With the phenomenon of school shootings, there are far too many young people who are not so fortunate.

Who, then, is to blame? Well, we have a list of usual suspects: 

a.) Administrators and teachers who are oblivious to what is really going on with the students in their schools. 

b.) Ditto with parents who are so wrapped up in their own lives, that they either can’t or won’t take the time to truly parent. 

c.) Gun shops, gun shows, or private individuals who sell, lend or have their guns stolen by those who should never be allowed anywhere near a firearm. 

These are the most obvious and easy parties to blame, and I believe that they have their fair share of responsibility. However, there is another component to this that is being virtually ignored, or at the very least rarely spoken of: The lack of compassion in our society for others who are in pain, or are perceived as “different,” “weak,” “helpless,” or “losers.” The notorious assertions by many in the pro-gun lobby that the shootings that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary were a “hoax” or “fake news” are nauseating and indicative of this inability to have regard for the suffering of others. 

What then must we do? Is there any way to stop this from happening again? It will take more than changing gun laws or “sending hopes and prayers” to those who have been affected by such a tragedy. What is required is a fundamental shift in our society as a whole, one in which there is a willingness to stop looking for those to demonize, to be more willing to embrace “the other” rather than to exclude, judge and castigate them. And it will take finding a way to assert our own sense of self-worth without having to resort to tearing other people down. 

Is such change even possible? I don’t know, but I can say with certainty that these horrors will continue as long as the status quo of human society remains in place.

~  A.F. KAPLAN

VIA EMAIL

NO MORE

Re: “Digging Deeper: Mayor, Council Call for More Time to Study Test Site,” April 18

That area is ALREADY too congested.

Stop with the overdevelopment.

Enough is enough!

~ MARTY QUINN

PASADENA

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