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Pyle on public packing
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated.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.

George Pyle's reaction to public gun-toting in "Don't make us say you look silly" (Opinion, February 24) is disappointing because he resorts to shaming. Openly packing unloaded guns in public is not a crime, but Pyle tries to equate it to illegal public nudity.

People packing guns discomfort Pyle. Seeing guns in public is not common, so being taken aback by the sight is understandable. But nearly 1 in 20 of all people in Utah held an active concealed-carry permit in December 2012.

Pyle must prefer that carrying guns be kept secret. Ignorance is bliss — and more dangerous than empty guns in public.

If Pyle's don't ask, don't show measure were applied to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, that group would still be shamed into closets. Many people are uncomfortable around gay couples holding hands or kissing in public. And singular, anecdotal examples of extreme actions exhibited in public settings like gay pride parades are used to stereotype the whole as depraved.

Personal discomfort with legal individual expression is irrelevant. Man up, own your feelings, and become a better citizen, Pyle. Don't make us say you look intolerant.

Anthony Marcel Bluth

Salt Lake City

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