What if women slain on trail had been armed?

This pertains to the advertisement on Page A2 of the March 27 Herald. The advertisement highlights the deaths of Mary Cooper and Susanna Stodden 12 years ago. What caught my attention was this sentence, “When does my right to carry a gun supercede [should be supersede] Mary’s and Susanna’s right to life?”

Life is precious, which is why our country’s founding fathers stated that everyone has the “right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” They also considered how individuals can defend their right to life, hence the U.S. Constitution’s second amendment.

So, if Cooper and Stodden had been carrying, they might have leveled the playing field with their attacker; and still be alive today. It really isn’t about a right versus life. It is about a right in support of life.

Vaughan P. Houger

Lake Stevens

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