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Published January 14, 2013 12:06 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I am sad that Spring City may become "the little city that armed all its citizens with guns" ("Utah town's leaders want all residents to own guns," Tribune, Jan. 9).

I love Spring City. My mother was born and raised there. I spent many summers as a child in Spring City. I now visit every year on Memorial Day weekend for its Heritage Day Celebration.

When I heard that the Spring City Council is going to strongly encourage all residents to arm themselves, including school teachers, I felt shock, disbelief and total sorrow for a city that I love. This is not the Spring City I know.

Is this really the image the City Council wants to promote of this wonderful historic city? Is its crime rate so high that it justifies this action? When I visit, must I, too, strap on my revolver for protection? Should I feel that unsafe when visiting Spring City?

Responsible gun ownership is a protected right, but please allow me the right not to own one or feel threatened by others' need to own one.

I would sorely miss Memorial Day weekends in Spring City!

Joyce Rodeback

Salt Lake City