Guns In The News
It is almost impossible to follow the news of the day without being exposed to firearms. Stories of criminals committing acts of violence with firearms are common. Also becoming more common are stories of ordinary citizens using firearms to protect life. This can be attributed to a growing number of concealed carry gun owners. Allow me a moment to share a personal story of fear, and why I am a huge advocate for responsibly armed citizens.
That Fearful Day
I have been exposed to many fearful days in my life. Many, in my younger years, were self-inflicted due to unwise decisions. I certainly faced fearful situations during my time in the United States Navy. Stories of men and women dying in training accidents are not uncommon. Much less in a theater of war. However, the most fearful day in my life occurred much closer to home.
I have been a concealed carry permit holder in North Carolina for many years. A few years ago, during Easter week, I had a very busy Maundy Thursday schedule. One of my three children had an athletic event at the local gym in the afternoon. Then we were headed to church for the Maundy Thursday service right after sports practice. I had volunteered to keep any children whose parents would be attending the service.
Because the facility where my daughter’s practice was located is a posted, No Concealed Weapons facility, I had left my firearm at home. Something I almost never do. Due to time constraints, we headed straight for church after practice.
The Moment of Fear
Several children where in the room I was volunteering in, including my three. About the time the service was to end, some staff from the church met us in the room and told us not to worry about cleaning up and to start moving out of the room. My antenna went up quick! What was going on, I asked? “A man upstairs says he has a gun”, was the response. Here I am with my three children, among others, without my firearm.
I felt a feeling rush over me I’ve never experienced. A momentary feeling of helplessness and stupidity. Had I put those I love in danger by being a law-abiding citizen? How stupid! Protection of my family and those I love should be job one. I quickly gathered myself and training and instinct took over. I quickly and quietly guided my children out of the building to safety.
A Happy Conclusion
The police arrived quickly and professionally. Fortunately, there was no actual gunman. As it turns out, there was simply a misunderstood statement from a local homeless man, who had wandered in to the church building. I thank God that was all it was.
Our Founders recognized our God-given right to self-protection. They enshrined the right to bear arms in the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution. I would highly encourage responsible citizens to consider owning a firearm. Get properly trained and get a concealed carry permit. I don’t wish anyone to experience the fear I felt on that Maundy Thursday night.