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LSC Poster Is Off Target

I would like to draw the attention of the MIT community to a recent poster displayed on campus. The ad pictures four women trying to get students to join the Lecture Series Committee. The reason I point out this particular poster is that three of the women in the poster are holding guns in their hands with their fingers on the triggers. Obviously, if they had ever taken basic pistol at the indoor range in DuPont Gymnasium, then they would know that they were mishandling the firearms.

These young women could have also asked any member (or our coaches) of the pistol and rifle teams for help with the ad, but instead they proceeded to have their pictures taken with their fingers on the triggers! I am sorry to see how greatly these students have been affected by Hollywood and the media, for the first rule of gun safety is: "Never put you finger on the trigger unless you are ready to fire."

It is cases like these that incorrectly make people think that having a firearm is a glamorous thing. I resent the act that avid anti-gunners than think that all people who own firearms treat their guns in this fashion. I am an avid recreational shooter and fight hard to protect my right to own guns, but when things like this occur, I feel it is necessary to alert the public to the misrepresentations of firearms by naive people.

If any of these of these young ladies would like to learn how to handle and/or shoot a firearm correctly, I would be more than willing to meet with them down at the range (I am an NRA certified pistol and personal protection instructor). Give me a call.

Deborah A. Fonda