Guns are a better deterrent than dogs

Last modified: 6/4/2012 12:00:00 AM
Taking responsibility for one's own security is occurring more and more to people these days. Random and brutal attacks like the murders of Kimberly Cates and the Zantops have caused some to reevaluate their game plans and mindset regarding their personal safety.

In his letter, 'Try a dog, not a gun' (Monitor, May 28), Dale Winkler seems to think that owning a dog would have been preferable to owning a gun when it came to preventing one of the aforementioned attacks. His scenario has the dog coming to the rescue of the owner and defeating the intruders. There are a couple of problems with this:

1. The typical house pet isn't likely to respond this way.

2. It denies that the dog owner has any responsibility or even the will to act on his or her own.

For instance: It was reported that the teenagers who murdered Half and Susanne Zantop had first planned to carry out their mayhem at a different house. However, when the people answered the door, the boys saw that a firearm was present, so they made excuses about having the wrong address, and moved on to the Zantops' house.



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