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I agree with Jerry Johnson ("Back to the Wild West," Forum, Feb.21): "If I saw anyone openly carrying a weapon it would only signal that I may need to protect myself and my family" from "escalating consequences."
To assume that people will use common sense and behave themselves while "packing heat" is absolutely ludicrous. One only has to ride the bus (I'm sure legislators don't) to witness disorderly conduct on a daily basis.
My son, his wife and their 4-year-old were at the West Valley Harmon's. Directly in front of them in the checkout line was a large man with a cowboy hat and a gun on his hip. He was raising his voice to his wife, who was intoxicated. He was visibly angry and used expletives.
My son picked up his son, and he and his wife headed for the nearest exit.
Mary C. Barnes
Salt Lake City