|Carbine will be used to defend my family|
Letter to the Editor:
In response to those trying to impose their knee-jerk and ivory-tower ideals on the United States while ignoring real life in the real world, I offer my history to be included in this discussion.I was born and raised in the Dexter and Chicago Boulevard area of Detroit, which was a changing neighborhood during the 1940s and ’50s. As a youth, I went to the Fisher YMCA and learned to swim, shoot pool and .22s. At a penny a bullet, I earned Marksmanship, Sharpshooter and Expert badges. At Cass Technical High, I took ROTC and trained with the M1 Rifle and M1 Carbine.
After graduation, I had the choice to either work in a factory or join the military. In the U.S. Air Force (USAF), I trained with an M1 Carbine that the USAF considered a side arm, along with the .45 and .38 caliber pistols. I earned a Small Arms Medal that I was not allowed to wear because I was a medic with a Geneva Convention Card. I served in the USAF for eight years and had the experiences of being part of the Cuban Missile Crises.
When I left the USAF on June 30, 1967, I purchased an Army surplus carbine for $17.34, and returned to Detroit just in time for the Detroit riots. I saw all reason, law and order disappear in less than 24 hours. I had to drive through free fire zones to get to work at Henry Ford Hospital, where I worked in surgery on fire and police casualties. My home in Dear-
born was just three blocks from the Detroit line, and I had to fire my M1 Carbine to defend my wife and two kids from the gangs and fire bombers attacking my house.
I attended night classes at Wayne State University where we had to park, wait and walk to and from classes in groups.
After graduation, I moved to the security of Northbrook, Ill., and worked as a field auditor covering a 10-state area.
In 1988, I moved to the East Village neighborhood in Chicago, which was a drug and gang infested neighborhood. Fed up with all the shootings, we, the community, organized and cleaned up the neighborhood. We managed to turn Division Street from skid row to sidewalk cafes. We were lucky and had one of the only houses in our area that was not broken into, thanks to the “Trespassers Will Be Shot” signs in our front basement windows.
During this period, the Illinois State Senate was creating the definition of an “assault weapon.” I went to Springfield and testified to the committee using the Army Tech manual and manufacture’s manual that my M1A1 Carbine was a .30 caliber, semi-automatic (one shoot per trigger pull) weapon with a standard 15- round magazine. They ignored all testimony and outlawed the M1 Carbine. Serving on this state Senate Committee was then state Sen. Barack Obama!
After I retired, I escaped to Wisconsin and now enjoy the North Woods. However, a few years ago, I was faced with the problem of four hunters on my posted property. I told them there was no hunting on this side of the lake and asked them to leave. I got my carbine from the gun locker, fired two shots into the air, watched them run and was glad I still had 13 rounds left.
I strongly believe in our U.S. Constitution and I will keep my carbine to defend my family and my home from the wild animals, savages, outlaws, crazies and dictators of this world.
|Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:51 PM|