Own a gun? Are you prepared to use it?

How many of you out there have guns? (Don’t answer. It’s a blog. It’s just an opening. Read on.)

I have, well, several. I’m not a “gun person,” meaning it’s not a hobby, nor do I spend a ton of money on them. But since it is in the line of my work, I keep them, maintain them and practice with them.

Now then, there are those who subscribe to the theory that guns should be controlled. I don’t know how they would do that. There are too many out there. And you can’t control the bad guys because they don’t believe in registering as “bad guys.” When they get caught with guns, they face additional felony charges, but one of the more unfortunate facts of crime is that bad guys can get access to weapons.

This isn’t about gun control, by the way. Nope. What I’m saying is that I’m amazed at the number of people who have one or two weapons and have no clue as to when they last practiced with them, cleaned them or where the heck they came from in the first place. It’s been up in the closet for 20 years and, well, “I know where it is if I need it.”

Don’t fool yourself. When bad stuff happens, it happens much quicker than you think.

There are tons of guns out there – not out there in thug-land, but out there in homes, apartments and a whole bunch in cars. I know this because I read police reports and those guns get stolen every day.

Aside from your views on gun control (feel free to express them however), what I see more and more are people who have guns but not a clue of anything having to do with them.

If you have a gun, then you should go shoot it. Go to the range or, if you live out in the country, go out in the back yard. Now that I think of it, if you live in the county, you probably don’t need to read this because you probably don’t have the problem that I’m getting into here.

Keep in mind this is my opinion and doesn’t express the views of anyone other than me personally. I don’t represent the police department, nor any other agency or organization, including the North Georgia Moose Lodge, Two-Brothers BBQ in Ball Ground, the J.W. Whitlock Hunt Club and Militia, and Bob, the crazy man who screams a lot.

Violence is not always the answer – unless you have it pressed on you, and you respond successfully, and you win. If you were placed in a situation of a life-threatening manner, and you had the option of using violence to save your hide, not to mention your life, would you use it?

I think most would say “yes.” Many would say “Hell, yes,” and my Uncle Dewey would stand up and say something about how he stays home from work sometimes in order to clean his guns because the voices tell him to. He thinks that’s creepy and funny all in one. Bear with him; he’s only been out of rehab a month.

There are many cases of people who were victims of home invasions or car-jacking incidents who were killed or raped or both — adults and kids alike. It happens. Don’t think that it doesn’t. Read the news and watch the news. Crime is everywhere.

The idea of preventing crime can be complicated or simple. Take the simple approach.

Criminals take the path of least resistance. Risk vs. Opportunity is what I call it. Raise the risk, good chance he or she will move on down the road.

Are you prepared?

Have you done those little things to keep the bad guys out? We talk about lights, locks and alarms, but what if you are in the house or the car and the illegal entry is made and someone is coming in on you?

What do you do? Do you have a gun? Where is it? Is it loaded? Is it locked away or gun-locked? What are your chances of surviving an attack without a weapon compared to having one?

I’m not saying go buy the gun. I’m saying that if you already have one and you haven’t shot it or cleaned it in, let’s say, the last year, or if it is in the closet, unloaded and/or locked down, the fact is, you will not be able to get to it in time.

Crooks are deathly afraid of being shot. They don’t like being bitten by dogs or locked up by the cops, or going down with the swine flu either, but they really don’t like being shot.

Criminals pick on the weak, and yes, the naïve, and those that will offer the least threat to them as they commit the crime. If you have a weapon, clean it up, oil it up, shoot it and then decide if you need to have it in the home. That’s a tough question if you have kids.

We’ve all seen the report on the news where a child got a hold of a loaded gun and tragedy ensued. But make that decision and then prepare. If you have a gun and you don’t plan to use it in the case of the worst-case scenario, then sell it or put it someplace where the bad guys can’t find it. It’s of no use to you.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that if something were to happen, that you would have time to go to the closet, unlock it, load it and then be able to use it in a moment’s notice.

The burglar, looking for something to sell, in most cases isn’t looking for trouble. But in some cases someone is going to go into the home looking for trouble. Believe me, there are some crazy, screwed-up people walking the earth.

All I’m saying is prepare yourself for the worst-case scenario. If your defense includes your gun, then make sure that you have it together. Know it, practice with it and have a plan in case you need to respond.

You don’t want to finish in second place.

101 comments Add your comment

Mr. Prepared

September 8th, 2009
8:56 pm

MariettaGunOwner

September 8th, 2009
9:10 pm

You 100% correct! Bad guys don’t follow the law. Please Learn how to properly handle a gun, and practice! Video games are not like a real gun, and just because you are a guy does not mean you know how to shoot (someone actually said that). There are several great ranges that provide training, and I recommend all women take a basic handgun safety course. And Steve if you know how many guns you have, you don’t have enough. :-) By the way I am female, and can safely handle most semi-automatic pistols ranging from a 22 to a 45 and rifle’s including 30-30, 223, 762×39 and 762×54. Be alert and be safe.

Jason

September 8th, 2009
9:13 pm

Have a fully loaded Glock 26 (9mm) and a fully loaded AR15 (5.56) by my bed ready for war.

Carl in Chicago

September 8th, 2009
9:18 pm

Rose said: “…what I see more and more are people who have guns but not a clue of anything having to do with them.”

I do see your point, and agree that folks need to be prepared, and trained. The founders called this “well regulated.” But I suspect you are discounting the fact that more people than ever are taking training classes, some of them as part of license-to-carry permitting requirements. What do you make of these people who are getting the training so that they are prepared, and “well regulated?”

Roane

September 8th, 2009
9:24 pm

Well written…..hope this was in print as well…so more can read it…

deidre_NC

September 8th, 2009
9:25 pm

very well said…i wish more people would read this…gun control is a much needed thing…that is-control of your guns!!!

MariettaGunOwner

September 8th, 2009
9:27 pm

Training and permits are actions of law abiding citizens. Well regulated, well educated and well prepared, in the event the “bad guys” choose not to obey the law.

Mike D

September 8th, 2009
9:58 pm

If you have to use a gun, I say incapacitate the perp. Then it is time for the real fun to begin in the garage with a drill and a blow torch. Get rid of the body in the South Georgia swamps.

Rob

September 8th, 2009
10:03 pm

Thanks for a well written discussion starter. Myself, I have a Glock .40 that lives by my bed. It has a trigger lock on it, and the key to the lock is on my car ring.

This makes it simple. At night, take your car keys out of your pocket, and unlock the Glock. If I’m not home, it’s locked. My wife has access to a 20 ga pump with bird shot that lives in a gun safe with a combo lock. Both live loaded and ready.

Our kids both know we have guns, and know where they are. In fact, both go to the range with us regularly. That’s what gets kids killed-to many, guns are a big bad mystery, and we all know that attracts kids.

I grew up in a small town in the midwest-we actually used to take hunting vacation in the fall instead of spring break, because they knew nobody would be in school on the opening day of deer season. Everyone I grew up with had a 357 under the seat, and usually a .270 in the back window, and this was in the high school parking lot.

You know how many people I saw shot? One, and that was an accident-he tripped while carrying a loaded shotgun. The simple truth is that we never looked at guns as a tool you used on another person. I’ve gotten my butt royally kicked within two feet of my truck, and a loaded .357, and it never once crossed my mind to get out the gun-we just didn’t do that.

That said, I know how long a burglar would last in my house….about three tenths of a second after I decided he was a threat.

You always hear about “bad” gun incidents, but never about the dozens of times when “good” things happen. Not long ago, I was downtown, with my Glock (legal carry) when I saw two young men step out of an alleyway. Looking back, I could see at least two more behind me. I had no doubt that the word “victim” was about to be added to our vocabulary (my wife was there). I just reached behind my back, under my shirt, and lifted the glock out of the holster a bit. Never actually took it out from under my shirt.

All four of these guys melted back into the alley, and we walked on.

Sandy Springs Resident

September 8th, 2009
10:20 pm

Excellent article Steve! Just like a good friend of mine used to say “If you fail to prepare you prepare to fail.”

Walt

September 8th, 2009
10:37 pm

Well, the first rule of engagement is run like Hell. If you really face a self defense situation or in defense of another, then don’t hesitate. Don’t point your weapon at anyone who doesn’t need killing.

Aim center mass. Right in the center of the chest. Fire two rounds and see what that does. If you aim center mass, you might get a leg or arm hit any way.

VERY important: in the movies, people get shot and drop conveniently out of sight. In real fire fights they might shoot you right back after you shoot them. They might go berserk.

Make sure that you drop the bad guy and he is really out. If he is worth shooting, you better make sure he was worth killing.

Walt

RAY

September 8th, 2009
10:39 pm

Great article. We need have more voices like this in the media. Sadly our world is a dangerous place and we simply cannot depend on our government to protect us. This is why our very wise forefathers included in the constitution our right to keep and bear arms.

John

September 8th, 2009
10:55 pm

Too bad Lisa Borders did not take out the intruders when they broke into her home instead of cowering in the bathroom. A perfect opportunity for some “Dead Right There” home invaders. Sorry, but that action (or actually the lack of it) tells me that she is not someone who I want as mayor.

Jack

September 8th, 2009
11:14 pm

The so called “news” media can never report anything that is not biased towards guns and the millions of legal and ethical people who own them and never “kill” anything with them except paper targets. Whether we want to admit it or not, the 2nd Amendment makes all the other Amendments possible. Citizens have the right to defend themselves, slaves do not. Whether you agree with the NRA on everything or not, if you own a gun, join, because our right to keep and bear arms will be severely tested in the coming years and they have been and will always be our first line of defense from those who wish to render us helpless to defend ourselves and our loved ones.

clinging bitterly to my guns and religion

September 8th, 2009
11:19 pm

I carry (with a permit) a Browning Hi-power 9mm pistol everywhere. Thank God that I have never had to fire a shot in self-defense, but I am fully prepared to do so should the need arise. The current administration scares the crap out of me. Barack Obama wants to make ME a criminal because I chooise to defend myself and my family against those who would do us harm.

I like the comment that Ted Nugent made to an ultra-liberal interviewer some time back. “I don’t like repeat offenders. I like DEAD offenders.”

Oneil

September 8th, 2009
11:31 pm

Yes, I agree to your thinking. Everyone needs to have a plan and work your plan. You cannot be too prepared for an emergency, and no one knows when and how that is going to happen to them. Shooting at targets is one thing, but a living human being is going to be a little different story. So read every article you can on defense and practice, practice, practice, not only on shooting, but what you will do in case of a real attack on you or your family, at home or out in public. Just like I was taught in boy scouts,” be prepared”. By the way, be well armed.

Seawright, Bill

September 8th, 2009
11:48 pm

Enter your comments here. Owning several guns and knowing how to use them makes you a citizen. Not owning a weapon or knowing how to use it makes you a victim. badcop2.

Mike

September 8th, 2009
11:53 pm

Grew up on farm in Rockdale County. Father taught me to respect guns by the time I was 7. Killed first Rabbit at 8. Had to clean it. (We had it for supper) Vietnam veteran. Not a gun nut but I have a few. No farms left just subdivisions. I”m afraid I’ll hurt a neighbor if I had to defend myself if someone breaks in while I am home. Loaded glock under pillow( no bullet in chamber) Will not take life if I can avoid it. I have multiple broken bones from bad accident. Cannot run. will shoot. Do have firearm carry permit. All human life is special,some people just don’t think so.

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MariettaGunOwner

September 9th, 2009
9:01 am

Peter, mark, jayden, patrick, ben sandy, joshua x 2 and proactive, If you that you have nothing productive to add please refrain from commenting. You must be lacking so much in your life. The right to defend and protect ourselves, family and country in under attack and we as a society need to be realistic that we may all become victims unless we stand up for rights and freedoms that this country was founded on. Be flippant and silly if you must but when your car is stolen or your home broken into, or you are cornered in that dark ally or you loved one is attacked, sarcasm and stupidity won’t stop you from being just another statistic.

mark

September 9th, 2009
9:35 am

Enter your comments here

you have said what i believe thank you
now if the anti gunners could only comprehend

BT

September 9th, 2009
9:44 am

For any of those interested – the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in Monroe, Georgia offers a very good personal defense class for civilians. It covers the laws regarding using and carrying a handgun, as well as the use of deadly force. You can contact them and register for the class by calling – (770) 267-6557

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Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

September 9th, 2009
1:59 pm

Well, I keep a anti-tank weapon and the two machine guns I use for hunting and self-defense in the trailer and loaded. I clean one every night. I keep the two I ain’t cleaning loaded and by my side. I never want to be without a weapon if somebody tries and breaks in. I would practice every night too but it kind of upsets the neighbors to hear a anti-tank weapon and a machine gun go off. Anyhow, if I do have to shoot somebody it sure will wake everybody up and I won’t be alone with the body or what’s left of it for long.

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Kudzu

September 9th, 2009
2:19 pm

MariettaGunOwner- I like your attitude and point of view. I hope
there are more like you out there.

MariettaGunOwner

September 9th, 2009
3:27 pm

Thank you, most of the people I have met at the 3 ranges I frequent feel the same and have the same views as I do. We are for taking responsibility for ourselves and our families.

Old Geek

September 10th, 2009
10:08 am

An excellent article. My wife and I are now in our 60’s and the last weapons training I had was with an M-16 back during that bit of unpleasantness in South East Asia (Remember Vietnam?). When we decided we needed a gun we went about it the following way.

!. We found a class taught by a qualified NRA instructor. It does not matter what your politics might be, find a good NRA instructor BEFORE you buy a gun or go any further.

2. We took the class and surprised ourselves (and the instructors I think) that we could actually shoot and hit the target. At that point the manager of the range said that we were better shots than 85 percent of the people who come to his range!

3. After the class we went to the range and RENTED different guns than were used in the class and shot them.

4. We got ADVICE from our instructor on what to look for and what type of gun to buy and the best places to buy from.

5. We went and HELD and felt many different types of weapons at a number of stores to determine which one fitted or hand and “felt right”. This is important since before the class we would not have known anything about what “felt right” meant!

6. When we bought our guns (since fit is important we decided that my wife and I needed different guns) we took them to the instructor to inspect to be sure that they were properly lubricated and to learn to break them down and properly clean them.

7. We then went and shot them at the range for the first time.

8. Now we go to the range about twice a month and shoot 25 to 30 rounds each time. Then we go home and clean the guns immediately.

9. When we are home (we have no children in the house) the guns are loaded and immediately accessible. When we are away they are unloaded and locked in a safe that is bolted to the floor.

Now the entire training and gun selection process took only about a month. The training cost was only a couple of hundred dollars and it probably saved us much more than that in what we saved in buying guns that were right for us and knowing how to use and care for them.

Paladin

September 10th, 2009
11:03 am

The key with kids is as the author says, if they are accustomed to seeing and being around guns, have been “talked to” repeatedly, allowed to handle and, if age appropriate, shoot them, they will treat them with respect. My six year old grandson is a prime example. Twice in the last couple of months, he found one of my handguns (always loaded, never trigger locked – otherwise just as well have a stick) laying around and went to his grandma, took her to the weapon and said, “Nonna (Italian for grandma), I can’t touch that gun, it’s dangerous.” He was differentiating the “real” gun from all his “play” guns. He knew the difference! We of course praised him to no end for being such a smart and responsible young man. Now, before you start on me, I don’t just leave my guns lying around IF I KNOW he, or anyone else for that matter, is going to be around. These were both instances where he arrived unannounced at unusual times and I did not know it because I was working in the yard or garage. I no longer take my gun out of the holster and lay them on the kitchen table or coffee table when I’m home alone. I now put them in much higher places that he can’t reach just for added insurance. But the point is, he’s six, a boy and most likely has ADD. Yet, with proper “training” and prior exposure etc, he knew what to do and, more importantly, did it! Kids are often smarter than we give them credit. As I said before, I have taken corrective action too. Thank God my laxness didn’t cost me one of the most valuable and loved assets he has given me! But, the lesson is: talk to them repeatedly, teach and allow them to properly handle firearms and the risks of a tragic accident can be significantly reduced.

Troglodyke

September 10th, 2009
11:29 am

“Barack Obama wants to make ME a criminal because I chooise to defend myself and my family against those who would do us harm.”

How is that, again? Obama has not said one word about taking your, or my, guns away–even though people showed up at his rally packing them!!

It’s true that Democrats are not generally friendly towards gun owners, but our guns are not in danger. Stop spreading “bogeyman” propaganda and engage in intelligent discourse once in a while. It will greatly reduce the chance that you’ll paint all gun owners as crazed lunatics.

And since I am a proud gun owner, I’d prefer not to be lumped into that category.

There is absolutely no reason to own a weapon for self defense if you are not prepared to fire it with intent to stop. There is no reason to own a weapon for self defense if you are not properly trained in how to fire it, and hopefully, to stop an intruder.

That said, may you never have to fire at anything but a paper target, or a clay. THE MOVIES LIE.

I voted for Obama, and I have a Kahr PM9 that I carry during the day and keep under my pillow at night. I also have a 20ga shotgun next to the bed, and a Rossi .38 in another place where I can get to it fast.

We go to the range on a regular basis, and I shoot clay targets at a friend’s house in the country.

I am a big believer in stopping criminals quickly, with deadly force if necessary. I truly believe crime would be greatly diminished if more people were willing to defend themselves properly.

KennesawDave

September 10th, 2009
11:45 am

Lt. Steve, Does SSPD or any of the other metro area police departments other than Walton County like Marietta Gun Owner mentioned offer firearms training for citizens so if we do purchase a gun we can learn how best to use and maintain it?

Arrogant American

September 10th, 2009
12:17 pm

I concur that anyone in possession of a firearm should practice with it on a monthly basis. If all you do is have it, then when you need it, it will most likely fail, or you will forget how to operate it under stress and you will haev been better off with a rock.

1. You should be able to disassemble your weapon, or at least field strip it. You should knowto unload and clear it first but I will still mention it. UNLOAD it and CLEAR it.

2. You should dry fire, simulate practice with the UNLOADED weapon on a weekly basis. ( I personally do it everynight)

3. You need to shoot 100 or more rounds on a monthly basis. The last thing you want to do is fire it and have it scare you, and you drop it.

4. You need a good holster and a solid belt if you are going to carry.

5. Call your local LEO’s and seee if you can get some time on their ranges.

6. Join the GCO! http://www.georgiacarry.org, and the NRA. If you ever have to shoot someone, they are the ones to call.

7. Practice often. You will develope a sense of awareness and alertness and will not be perceived as a target.

Jim Callihan

September 10th, 2009
12:18 pm

Good stuff. Be prepared. Hope for the best, but never get caught “surprised”. Children? Train them, familiarize them with weaponry, the “ten commandments of gun safety”, etc. I trained all five of mine to hit a golf ball at 30yds with a pistol (.45, no less) and 100yds with a rifle – it just takes good technique and practice…lots of practice.

Also, “home defense”. This is the main area where things go wrong – horribly wrong, if not properly prepared. Schools “drill” for fire, storms, “perps” on campus and no one thinks it strange (rightly so); drill the family in the home with “dry” weapons. There are several short, but excellent articles on this (Mossad Ayoob has one of the best I’ve read). Find them – read them – no excuse.

Some really bad shhhtuff is about to break out in 20-50 days – be a good scout and stay prepared.

I prefer peace, however…

ED

September 10th, 2009
12:21 pm

I have 4 children under the age of 8 in my house. Get yourself a baseball bat or a dog and man up. I would never keep a loaded gun in my house until my children get older. If you invite trouble, it will find you.

Patrick

September 10th, 2009
12:22 pm

Good advice all around. I wish that private gun ownership was run like how military rifle or other firearms ownership is run: routine inspections by a trained firearms specialist. But unlike the military, you don’t get penalized for not taking care of your firearms. You’re just told what you still need to do, and given a few pointers on how to do it right.

For many people I know, gun control means hitting your target in the sweet spot with only one shot.

zach

September 10th, 2009
12:47 pm

Guns save lives. The pathetic sheeple who clamor for “gun control” make me sick.

Troglodyke

September 10th, 2009
3:32 pm

“I have 4 children under the age of 8 in my house. Get yourself a baseball bat or a dog and man up. I would never keep a loaded gun in my house until my children get older. If you invite trouble, it will find you.”

I admit it is tricky with children in the home. But a baseball bat is not going to do you much good if some pr!ck is holding you at gunpoint, or is breaking into your house and has a weapon.

Everybody has to make their own choices for how they will defend themselves, but bringing a baseball bat to a gun fight is not going to go well.

DayOfReckoning

September 10th, 2009
4:06 pm

Yes, everyone should know how to load, clean and use a weapon, especially high powered guns. The day is rapidly approaching when you may (probably will) have to use it against your fellow man, the police and those that rule by virtue of those who chose, due to so-called authority, to NOT follow the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Learn to use a weapon of your choice and be prepared to use it against any and all oppressive authority.

Yellow Jacket

September 10th, 2009
5:08 pm

A person threatned to kill me and my family at a store,my wife and daughter were in the store,I let it ride until he started to advance on me and my two grandsons,I knew this individual often carried a gun on him and I was not going to let him fire it on me or my grandchildren while we were in the vehicle,All I had was a pocket knife,I got out of the car with the knife in my hand,he was almost to me when some one screamed he’s got a Knife,the person then turned and ran ,end of conflict ?..NO, I was arrested for felony assult,I knew my State had a make my day law and ammended to it was ,Stand your ground law,I contacted the Governors, office and told them what happened ,they advised me the law was ineffect,it took nearly a year before the D.A. and Judge finally looked these laws up,they had repeatedly told me there were no such laws, three thousand dollars later the charges were dropped,I have never been reimbursed,….So If you intend on defending yourself I would advise you to know your LAWS and be ready to be shafted!

Lt. Steve

September 10th, 2009
5:53 pm

K. Dave,
We actually offer a F.A.T.S. version of the course where you fire at targets but everything’s laser. It’s a tool that we use prior to going to the range and it’s viewing is very close to live-fire. We do offer it to the community in laser form due to the fact it’s cheaper and for us, in that we don’t have our own range, makes it easier to schedule. We do have information on area live-fire courses too. We’re booked for the next two classes but you can contact Officer Larry Jacobs at laurence.jacobs@sandyspringsga.org for more info on the laser class. We can set targets but also scenarios. Very cool and fun as well.

MarieWarBoss

September 10th, 2009
5:55 pm

This was a really well-written, well-organized and informative article. The sense of humor woven into this is superb! Thanks for sharing your thoughts/opinions, Steve!

MariettaGunOwner

September 10th, 2009
6:27 pm

I agree you should know your laws, here is a link with basic information to get you started. http://www.georgiapacking.org/law.php I hope this helps. Be aware, Be safe and practice often.

RetiredDep

September 10th, 2009
8:28 pm

Steve, good info. I retired from a large SO in Tampa after 28 years. Now live in N. GA where it is “generally safer.” Recently my area had a female abducted, 10 miles from my house. A couple of years ago a hiker was abducted from the Appalachian Trail, and murdered, 5 miles away. Since retiring and moving to this area, my wife and I have been target shooting at least once a week, in the woods, where we can practice actual scenarios, not just at the gun range. She knows how to carry her Airweight .38 in her gun purse while walking thru a parking lot, etc. If I am away, she has a Glock 36 .45 in her nightstand. She has her GFL, and I have the GFL, as well as qualify once a year with a PD, for the Federal HR 218 authorization. I am ashamed to admit most of my career, I shot my duty weapon at the range once or twice a year, but regularly cleaned and checked it. I carry my reliable former off-duty weapon, Glock 27 .40 cal, all the time and have the past year or so. Not only do I carry for protection of my wife and me, but also to protect others. I still look carefully when I see a LEO on a traffic stop to make sure he/she is okay if no backup is there. Some things you can’t change! I would feel horrible if I was around a situation where I could have saved innocent lives, but didn’t because I left my firearm at home.

I feel that something needs to be changed (HB 615?) to help protect the college students that have been at the mercy of the thugs in Atlanta. The “gun free zones” around college campuses and the “public gathering” laws forbidding concealed carry by licensed permit holders will forever keep my away from those places. Crooks don’t care about gun laws. Atlanta is a very dangerous place and the APD chief apparently does not know how to deal with it, in my opinion. A few good decoy stings, a some predators shot or arrested at the hands of undercover officers will go a long way toward solving that problem. Give me a squad of a few good UC officers and some in uniform and in a couple of weeks, things would be much better. Its not rocket science, just good police work!!! Don’t believe that garbage about being too undermanned. Get some people out from behind desks for a little while; SROs during non-school hours, crime prevention, admin, etc. They might even like to be on the street again for a good cause.

In Union County the Anti-Drug Coalition and the Union Co. SO (an outstanding small SO) are sponsoring firearms classes taught by qualified instructors due to the increase in gun awareness and ownership, especially by females. I belong to GeorgiaCarry.org which is protecting our 2nd amendment rights in GA.

Those in Atlanta should vote for the mayoral candidate who will support the police the most and would be tough on crime.

Steve T

September 10th, 2009
9:53 pm

Thanks for a great article. Some of the most common sense writing I’ve seen in a while. As a NRA life member and gco member, I fully believe in the right to defend one’s life and property. As a result, one of several loaded 1911’s or hi-powers is ever far from reach. Luckily, I’ve only encountered one situation that resulted in the need to draw a weapon, and that simple act ended the threat. My wife and I both hold GFL’s and practice at a local range regularly. I strongly urge all firearm owners to do the same. As it was said , it won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to use it. Thanks again for a great article. More of this will go a long way in support of HB 615, which we desperately need.

Walter M

September 11th, 2009
8:00 am

Great article with very good advice. I hope you can continue writing for some publication. This fish-wrapper of a paper will get rid of you for such unacceptable opinions.

Shiri

September 11th, 2009
11:03 am

Has anybody notice that criminals don’t have laws that keep them from using and carrying guns? Laws only pertain to us GOOD guys. Example, a Georgia State represenative said it’s ok to have a gun in your car, but locked in the trunk ! I’m sure that would help if you were car-jacked,

MariettaGunOwner

September 11th, 2009
1:21 pm

All law abiding citizens should have a firearms permit and know how to safely an properly use a firearm. All women should carry on their person not in a purse or in the door/glove-box of your car, if your purse or car is stolen so is your gun and it now is in the hands of a criminal who could use it against an innocent person. If you carry concealed you are one step closer to defending yourself and your family. Please, please take responsibility for yourself and your family, educate your children, practice at the range, take training and education classes. Be prepared, Be alert, Be safe. You have but one life, it’s up to you how you live it. Be free or be a victim.

Chris Broe

September 11th, 2009
2:19 pm

The odds that any armed civilian would successfully read an approaching ambush that would allow him to use his gun are slim and none. An armed civilian would have to have his gun drawn 24/7 and he would have to draw down on nearly all who approached him in order to save himself from even a simple mugging, (and then he’d have to “think it over” before he handed over the money).

There’s no way to pick out the bad guy. If there is a noisy home burglar who takes twenty minutes to break into your house, then you probably could easily use your gun against him. (But why not just call the cops?).

The idea that any of us could ever intervene successfully in any armed escapade by criminals is beyond idiotic. Americans can now add “innocent bystander” to their international profile which already includes, “hostage, sucker, blogger, and nincompoop.”