I carry or remained armed even in my home. Most times it remains on my person and if not there, right beside me. Some would consider this excessive because I should feel safe in my home. In fact I usually get looked at like I just grew antlers when I start talking about this. My take on it…my gun is a tool to not just feel safe but to be safe. A news story in Charlotte, NC prompted me to write this. A member at Glock World on Facebook experienced a worse case scenario on Tuesday 3, November 2015. According to news stories his wife was at home feeding their baby when two men kicked in the door. She met them at the bedroom door and they opened fire on her. She was struck by two bullets and fired back with the family’s home protection gun. Authorities say she has made it through surgery and is doing well. The road back to feeling safe in their own home though, will be a long one. Click here for the full story or to donate to this family.
This is only one of many stories involving home invasions gone bad. In this article I will cite a few home invasion scenarios without names. The pertinent details will be discussed. This story is heartbreaking enough, showing the depravity of the human race. Could it have gone worse? Yes. Would carrying at all times, even at home have stopped this? Who knows. It couldn’t have hurt.
October of this year an elderly man was burned with an iron to get him to open a safe. The safe was empty. The five assailants then tied up the man and stole cash, jewelry and a car.
Multiple assailant invasions are nothing new. It’s no secret that criminals prefer to work in pairs or more to overpower and subdue their victims. That’s why it’s important to have a force multiplier to introduce into the situation. What if the victim in this situation had fired back like our friend mentioned at the top of this article? Could the elderly man’s suffering have been mitigated all together or at least reduced? I’m inclined to say yes. What if he had a handgun? For that matter what if he had an AR-15 or shotgun? Obviously, these are just hypothetical and would also need to address training, but it lends itself to proving the point.
In July of this year, here in South Carolina, two men ages 42 and 20 along with a 21 year old female were victims of a home invasion. 8 men pretending to be police officers started banging on the door of the SC home. They subdued and restrained the family and preceded to torture them with hot utensils and even threatened to kill an infant in the home.
Again, a multiple assailant invasion using a guise to fool the potential victim. First mistake was opening the door. If you have done nothing wrong enough to need a breach team of cops on your door step, you should probably call the department to inquire about the “officers” at your door. I personally don’t open the door of my house for anyone unless I know you or I have my gun. My family has been instructed to do the same. In Tuesday’s scenario she didn’t have the luxury of opening the door. This family probably would not have had that luxury either had they not done so as quickly as they did. I’m convinced being armed with the proper tool and training would have probably kept this family out of this situation. Again, hypothetically, what if even one of them had the proper tool to deal with these scumbags?
These are only a couple of the situations I came across during a short research session. Its honestly disturbing to me that the examples are so recent and so numerous. There are so many examples that this article could go on for days examining the problems with these situations and the possible outcome changes.
If you choose not to carry in your home, that is your prerogative. It would behoove you to at least have a practiced plan to get to your gun from the farthest point away from it. In all three of these situations it is painfully obvious that immediate action was needed, calling the police and waiting was an afterthought. Our friend’s situation over at Glock World is indicative of the nature of these scumbags. Other than cases of severe psychosis, the typical criminal will be sent running like a cockroach because his victim fought back. Men train your wives or have them train you whichever the case but be prepared. You can’t live paranoid, but having the proper tool for your safety readily available will help keep the odds in your favor.
To help out our friend over at Glock World, head over to Glock World group on Facebook or head to WSOCtv.com article and use the fundme link to show your appreciation for the courage this woman had to fight for her family.