The sole letter contributor to your July 3 forum took issue with Rep. Ken Goodman over NC House Bill 111, an apparent expansion of concealed-carry gun rights. Expressing disagreement about public policy is one thing, but the criticisms vented in his final paragraph were plainly unfair. In my observation, Mr. Goodman possesses a sound grasp of the basic rights and principles of citizenship. Ken’s thoughtful, even-tempered approach to his legislative duties should give us pride.
I agree with Rep. Goodman’s opposition to House Bill 111. While concealed-carry firearms training is useful to those in home defense situations, encountering an armed offender in a public location is different, and certainly stressful enough for trained, experienced law officers. Armed bystanders are simply more likely to exacerbate a bad situation.
Given the courses charted by the current legislature, we are fortunate that Rep. Goodman is one of our voices in Raleigh. Join me in looking forward to the day when he takes his place among the leadership of a more capable majority.
Douglas H. Smith