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.