Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 28, 2012 6:30 AM

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Needing self-defense

Please don't take away the right to self-defense.

It is the last vestige of hope those of us who are to poor to live in crime-free neighborhoods have.

I have lived in Iowa City for 23 years, and only after falling ill and having to be placed in Section 8 housing have I known terror — screams of "Help Me" at any hours of the day and night doesn't help.

People don't fall for it because the bad guys can yell "help," too. Calling the police is useless, because if they respond they say, "That's what you get for living here."

Waking up to screaming in the night only means ducking and hiding because no one is coming:

Telling the landlord, talking to housing — it is all useless because no one cares about the drugs and the gangs.

I am a disabled women in my 40s, and I intend to go out fighting because dying quietly sucks.

Sandra Ann Russo
Iowa City resident

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