Response to “A Lesson in Disparity of Force…”
August 5th, 2008
Yesterday’s blog post, “A Lesson in Disparity of Force…“, prompted the following response from one of our readers, posted here in its entirety:
I am writing to you about the Monday blog detailing the incident at Valley Fair Theme Park in Shakopee, MN.
What I am about to tell you will make you madder than hell. Valley Fair Theme park makes it a point to wand all of their guests, so that the law abiding citizens who go there have no recourse against packs of violent individuals who go there. Furthermore, all they allow their security personnel to carry is pepper spray and a baton.
I refuse to enter Valleyfair, since they demand that I surrender my ability to protect myself against groups like this. I’m an instructor in the use of defensive tactics, expandable batons, pepper spray, TASER’s and will soon be certified as a Minnesota Permit to Carry Instructor, and I can tell you without hesitation that anyone who finds themselves in that situation should be “reasonably afraid of death or great bodily harm”.
Dr. Piazza, I have subscribed to your bulletin for months, and have always wanted to attend Front Sight. One of my friends, a Minneapolis Police Officer, attended a pistol course there, and came back telling me that it was some of the best training he has ever received. My fiance and I are planning on getting married in a year, but you can bet that every penny I can scrape together will be going to a pair of lifetime memberships for the two of us.
Thank you for educating people about self-defense issues, and the regrettable necessity of having a firearm and being properly trained in its use.