LETTERS: Good people and bad people

Annie Oakley, while traveling in 1889 with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show in Germany, shot the cigar out of the mouth of the German Kaiser with her rifle to thrill the entire crowd. Lee Harvey Oswald used a rifle to shoot an American president that horrified the entire nation. A rifle is a rifle.

Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger successfully landed his plane on the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, to save his entire crew and passengers and would later be remembered as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” On Sept. 11, 2001, Islamic jihadist terrorists flew four planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania that ultimately killed almost 3,000 Americans. Planes are planes.

A scalpel in the hands of a skilled heart surgeon can save a beating heart, but a scalpel in the hands of a MS-13 criminal can cut out a beating heart. A scalpel is a scalpel.

A baseball bat in the hands of Al Capone can crack open the skulls of two disloyal thugs, but a baseball bat in the hands of Babe Ruth can crack two home runs out of Yankee Stadium. A baseball bat is a baseball bat.

An eternal truth that common sense conservatives always remember but bleeding heart liberals have long forgotten is that good people will do good with the things they have, and bad people will do bad with the things they have.  And all the laws, rules, regulations and gun-free zone signs will never change that eternal truth.

Jack Ayoub

Harlingen