Sunday, September 09, 2018

Firearms And The Protection Of Family

During the turbulent birth of our country, our forefathers gave us a way to protect our God-given right to bear arms, protect our country and protect our families via the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution. There are many ongoing debates, pro & con on this topic.  And our politicians on the left side of the aisle certainly don't seem to want to acknowledge that we have a natural right to self-defense, and Constitutional protection to that right.

I for one, am grateful for the 2nd Amendment. Having worked in the law enforcement field while in the military, and private church security in civilian life, I fully understand that most often, police respond to a call well after the crime has been committed. Crime prevention is relinquished to the individual.

In those States that offer the privilege of obtaining concealed weapons licenses, the crime rates have shown to be substantially less than those states with stringent gun control. New York & Washington D.C. Are prime examples of States with strict anti-gun laws, yet their crime rates are well above average. Would you dare to stroll Central Park in the dark hours? One thing is for certain, Criminals will never have a shortage of guns, no matter what State they happen to be in, and very often their firepower exceed those of our law enforcement agencies, we are however making great progress in that aspect.

Long ago, I made the decision that my home and family would be protected via firearms. This is a decision that may not be viable for all. Believing that brandishing a weapon toward an intruder will be all that is needed to safeguard your family, could be a fatal error! Protecting with a firearm requires a mindset of being able to use that firearm, to pull the trigger if the situation requires it, and continue to do so until the threat has been dealt with. This may sound harsh, but seasoned criminals will often be able to tell if the homeowner is using his weapon for show or is actually serious about using it.

There have been many instances where a homeowner did not have the mindset to actually use his/her weapon, only to have it snatched by the intruder and get injured or killed by their own gun.

In my case, should an intruder invade my home and poses a threat to myself or loved ones, I will not hesitate to shoot him/her until the threat has been dealt with. My aim will be for center-mass, a double tap will be fired (2 shots), then I will evaluate the situation and if the threat persists will again fire until there are no more threats and the intruder is able to follow my instructions. If a member of my family has not called 911 by that time, a call will be made for police help & medical services for the intruder.

All those living under my roof, have received training in the use of firearms and are quite proficient in their use. Having firearms in the home also requires extensive precautions in terms of safety. All my weapons are kept in either my large gun safe or in handgun safe boxes, out of reach from little fingers as well as out of sight. Only at bedtime will I have handguns/shotgun out by our bed, a charged cell phone is also next to our bed during that time.

Protection of one’s family is a very important decision which should involve all adults in the home. Firearms are not the answer for everyone. Many people feel that they will never become victims in their own home & that if the need arises, their local police agency will be there to protect them.  But my reality does not follow that line of thinking, therefore I am prepared should problems arise. I hope and pray that the day for the use of my training never materializes.

I suggest that home protection be a subject discussed at home among adults, that a plan is decided upon should trouble find you if it involves firearms make sure that SAFETY is your first objective and followed by proficiency with whatever weapon you choose. Do not get weapons that are too much for you, it is much better to be able to hit your target with a smaller caliber than to just miss and make loud noises.

Wishing All a Great and Quiet Life.

The following is a quote from James Madison sixteen (16) months before he introduced the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1789.

"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of."

James Madison, The Federalist No. 48, February 1, 1788

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