An Oct. 11 letter writer wrote that Americans don't need semi-automatic weapons. She's correct. No one needs any weapons of any type - in a perfect world.
The film "Captain Phillips" demonstrates what happens when Americans disarm. They are vulnerable to any armed individuals: Somali pirates, radical Muslims, drug lords, petty criminals, crazies, corrupt police and military. Think: Nazi Germany, Joseph Stalin, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Taliban, al-Qaida, etc. Notice the police, Navy, etc., never arrive in time to prevent the crime.
If even one crewman had possessed a semi-automatic weapon, he could have prevented the boarding. Pirates flee from bullets but not streams of water. Second, one armed crewman waiting at the top of the ladder could have picked pirates off as their heads appeared.
So, for the price of one weapon and ammo, this whole incident could have been prevented. Instead, someone decided it wiser to have the crew unarmed using water hoses. Absurd. After the attack: two destroyers, a carrier, helicopter, SEAL team arrived, costing U.S. taxpayers millions to execute a nearly impossible rescue.
Could our Founding Fathers have known more than our current leaders about how to permit our citizens to protect themselves from attack and national bankruptcy? The Bill of Rights, Second Amendment: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed . . . because we live in an imperfect world.
J. Mickey Damerell