I read Mark Mansperger's column (In Focus, Aug. 26) and it begs a reply.
What would an 86-year-old woman do if a monster or a willful criminal broke into her home? I live alone. What if the phone wasn't working? Maybe she has a dog but its ears aren't working.
Sometimes the police don't get to the scene of the crime quickly enough to stop death or, worse yet, serious injuries.
My background includes attending a one-room schoolhouse and going to work at age 13. When I was 50, I attended classes and obtained a high school diploma in America. What a joyful occasion! As an immigrant, I am so grateful and happy to live in America -- this beautiful, free land.
To my way of thinking, the Constitution is an inspired document. Thank goodness for the Second Amendment and freedom of religion. Millions of people are waiting to become citizens of this choice land, many because of religious persecution and many because only bad guys, dictators and police have guns in their lands.
A dog, a phone and a gun. If the first two don't work, surely the last one will.
ANNE KROHN, Kennewick