Recently a friend posed a question on facebook. He wasn’t meaning to take sides, he was really just asking. His question was this (in my words:) Would the people who own and carry guns actually use them on a criminal, or is it just an expensive scare tactic?
Let me tell you a little story…
It was the middle of the night. I heard a loud noise and woke up. I walked, in my pajamas, up to the front of the house. What I saw that night, I had never seen before, and I’ve never seen since.
There, at the front window, stood my Dad- my kind, gentle Dad.
I heard him shout at our night guard, telling him NOT to open the gate, no matter what.
He was holding a gun. Pointing it straight at the front gate.
He quickly turned around and told me to go back to the back of the house.
You see, our city was in unrest. As a 14 year old, I had heard enough of the stories to know why my Dad stood there the way he did. Rebel thieves, wanting to overtake the city, were looting homes in search of anything they could use as weaponry, or sell for money. In our neighborhood alone, I had heard of guards being killed…tied to boards, having their necks broken. I had heard of thieves throwing poisoned meat over walls & gates, to poison guard dogs thus keeping them from being able to alert their owners to a break-in.
I had heard of families being trained on what to do should their homes be invaded. We were told to give them money, etc. to keep them happy. We were told to sit quietly and not make any sudden movements that might cause them to pull their triggers hastily. I used to wake up in nightsweats from nightmares. I would dream of how I could convince those rebels to take me instead of my young sisters, not being able to even stomach the thought of them being violated by those men.
There was nothing pretty about it.
That’s why my Dad stood there with a gun. He knew that his loves, his wife and daughters, were in danger. And his gun, while it probably wouldn’t have killed a person, was much more than a scare tactic. It was a tool. A tool to protect the ones he loved.
So here’s my answer: Yes, I would use a gun, if my loves were in danger. There is nothing more important to me than my husband and son. I would use any tool that I had at my disposal to keep them from being hurt.
I guess not, or it wouldn’t be such a debate.
The way I see it, our nation is in a state of unrest. How else can a movie theater shooting that claims innocent lives be explained? People are brazen, bold, and completely unconcerned about the souls and lives of others.
So, in my humble opinion, I’d say there’s never been a better time for cautious, safe, concerned citizens to exercise their right to bear arms. Not to abuse it, but to be brave enough to use it should the need arise.