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May 09, 2007


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Mike Harbour


Umm, so why did you say "no!" to a weapon? You're in one of the most dangerous places in the world and all you have for protection is a vest? Perhaps, while you're there, you should reconsider the offer of a firearm. After all, when it comes down to it, you're the one responsible for your own safety, not your escorts. Having the means to defend yourself could be the difference between coming home alive or being killed because you could not fight back.

Mike Harbour
Freelance writer

Sean Meade

'While it might seem reckless or counterintuitive, I declined to carry a weapon for two basic reasons: I have no training in firearms to speak of, and as soon as a journalist starts packing a weapon in a war zone, he's considered a combatant -- and I considered that a far riskier prospect. I would not have made the trip if I didn't have a great deal of confidence in the security I knew would be provided.


[Sean for Tony]

Mike Harbour


OK, fair enough. As for your first point, I think I can help you. I'm a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, and I'd be glad to enroll you in the official eight-hour training course for free...provided, of course, you're ever in Helena, Montana!

Mike Harbour
Freelance writer

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