There are those who can relate to Jewel Punzalan Allen’s “Hard to think straight with a gun at your neck” opinion in the Tuesday, Feb. 19 Transcript Bulletin. They are the victims of Newtown, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Trolley Square, etc. The big difference is theirs was a real-life tragedy, not a far out fantasy. It would be utterly unrealistic to think that these victims should not cry out to government leaders to do something about the situation. It would be equally unrealistic that our elected representatives would not act as best they can. Given our attitude about guns, however, I suspect we will continue to be the most violent civilized nation on the face of the earth. That will be the case until doing something about it will be a prerequisite to getting elected to public office. A more careful reading of the 2nd amendment would also be helpful. Meanwhile, it is highly unlikely that the “gun at our neck” will be that of either a local police officer or a federal agent.