The assertion of the Deseret News editorial board that those who carry firearms for self-defense are "fearful guys" is not only naive, but outright offensive to those of us who cherish the Constitution and the liberties it affords us. As a physician, the only statistics I believe are the ones based upon sound scientific evidence. The actual scientific literature, published through nonpartisan, government-sponsored studies, has clearly shown that violent crime decreases as the level of personal gun ownership increases.
Personally, I'm thankful for the "fearful guys" who stepped forward and risked their lives to stop the shootings at Trolley Square, the Colorado Springs church and others. It's unfortunate that there were no "fearful guys" at Columbine or Virginia Tech.
Darin K. Winn