This is from the first paragraph of the article, which is what I am addressing here for the most part.
"A neighbor in the area where an illegal immigrant is believed to have killed a well-liked Arizona rancher says she intends to carry weapons to
protect herself -- and not from rattlesnakes or wounded steer."
Does anyone see the dual meaning here?
Here in the southwest, a lot of people carry guns, especially when venturing into the open desert. In my circle of acquaintances I know of no one who does not. It is just plain smart. So, what is she really saying?
Personally, I think everyone should take responsibility for their own safety. In fact, the police (government) have no legal obligation to protect you. But is this taking it too far?
What do y'all think?