It is nothing new for those with Concealed Carry Licenses to have a gun strapped on when you leaving the house to go about your day to day business. What about when you are at home? Do you carry?
In recent years home invasions have become increasingly common. There are many of these homes that have legally owned guns but they did not have them close enough to defend themselves from the invading criminals. It is a good practice and common to store all of your guns in your gun safe until you need them for your next hunt or range trip. What about when you need your gun the most?
According to DOJ statistics, 1 in 5 homes will experience a home invasion. The DOJ also reports that during these home invasions 38% of all assaults and 60% of rapes occur.
Is it a common sight in your home for at least one person to be wearing a gun? Personally in my house it is. It is even uncommon for me to walk outside without having a gun with me. No, I’m not paranoid, but being an Eagle Scout I still try to live by the Boy Scout Motto, “Be prepared”. Being that I do live in the country, one of the reasons I carry in and around the house is not only for in the event of a home invasion but also for dangerous animals that have made a few appearances on my property. Would you rather be armed with a shovel or a gun if you come across a group of copperheads, rattlesnakes or even the occasional coyote?
Being that all of my kids know how to properly use shotguns, rifles and handguns, I feel better about their safety in the event they might be home alone for any length of time. You never know when you might get delayed on the way home and your kids get home before you. My kids know while at least one of them grabs an “emergency gun”, one will dial 911 to get the authorities on the way.
One thing that I want to encourage you to do if you have kids is to ask them what they would do if they found themselves at home alone and an emergency situation arises. We do this regularly with different scenarios. It is common to ask them about what to do in case of a fire, why not make sure they know what to do in case of an intruder? What if they get home to find someone robbing your home? Do they know not to even act like they live there and to go to the home of a trusted neighbor and call the police while gathering as much information about the criminals as possible from a safe distance?
Your best defense in the event of a home invasion is to be better prepared than the invaders. The criminals have an upper hand with the element of surprise so you must gain the upper hand wither better defenses.
Like the old saying goes; “When seconds count, the police are minutes away”. Don’t get me wrong, I fully support and admire the men and women that serve and protect but let’s face it, they can’t be everywhere at once. This is where it comes to the everyday armed law abiding citizen to fill the void when officers are not present.
The videos below are two examples where one is armed and the other is not.
I am happy to say that the victims of both survived their ordeals. Do you think the lady in the second video has a gun after what she endured? The situation most likely would have been a lot different if she would have been armed with a 12 gauge or other firearm that could have leveled the criminal that attacked her.
Next time you sit down to check out your favorite website or watch your usual TV show, will you think twice about leaving your gun in the safe or other room?
Happy shooting and God bless America and God bless you and yours