I would like to say “thank you” to Temple Council members for not allowing Sgt. Christopher J. Grisham to dictate how they address the issue of carrying guns wherever someone chooses. The Second Amendment gives him or anyone the right to “own” a gun, when legal. However, it does not give them the right to impose their rights on everyone else. His rights end when they infringe upon my right to feel safe and free of fear when I go outside of my home and see people carrying guns.

Also, I want to say “thank you” to our police officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect us from, in many cases, each other. We hire and train them to do that job and I am so thankful we have a police department we can call upon when we need them.

Now, if Sgt Grisham had surrendered his weapon when Officer Ermis requested that he do that, he would not have had a problem. Mr. Grisham set the stage for a confrontation when he refused to do that. His claim that he was carrying that weapon in the event that he and his son encountered a mountain lion or wild hog is a pretty lame excuse. After all, he had a permitted concealed weapon on his person at that time. How many guns and shots would he need to kill either of those wild animals?

Don’t blame Officer Ermis if your son was traumatized when you set out to show that you could defy anyone to take away your “right to bear arms.” Just be honest about the whole incident and use common sense.

I thank God I live in the United States of America, with all its problems. I still believe it’s the best country in the world.

Mildred Wade