Walter Summers

At 4 p.m., the local VFW is mostly empty; only a few early birds are seated around the bar. Of those, there is only one “true” veteran in the joint:  Korean War veteran Walter Summers. With a beer placed in front of him, Summers recalled that his feelings about guns were formed on the front lines.

He first received a gun after being drafted to serve; to him, they were tools to do a job.

“When you are on the front lines, you do what you have to do to stay alive,” Summers said. “You didn’t have to think about much else.”

When asked if had discharged his gun while on the front lines, Summer nodded,  “Yes.” Summers did not elaborate. Instead, he shrugged his shoulders and declined to say anything else.

After finishing his military service, Summers took up hunting, mainly for squirrels, and for many years he went every weekend.

Although he currently has no guns, Summers believes citizens should have access to them, if for no other reason than he believes the government has no business to know what someone is keeping in their home.

“People are always going to have firearms,” Summers said. “No way you can control that.”




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