I received this letter from one of my blog followers and I thought I would pass it on to you.
I am grateful for the 2nd Amendment. Having labored in law enforcement for numerous years, I fully know that most often, police respond to a call well after the assault has taken place. Therefore, crime prevention is handed over to the individual.
Long ago, I came to the decision that my home and family would be protected by firearms. This is a choice that may not be possible for all. Thinking that pointing a gun towards an intruder will be all that is needed to safeguard your family, could be a grave mistake. Protecting with a firearm commands a mindset of being capable of using that firearm, to pull the trigger if the circumstance requires it, and continuing to do so until the threat is over. This may sound cruel, but veteran criminals will most likely be able to tell if a home owner is using his weapon for show or is truly serious about using it.
There have been many instances where a home owner didn’t have the mind set to really use his/her gun, only to have it taken away by the intruder and getting injured or killed by their own weapon.
Everyone residing under my roof has gotten extensive training in the usage of firearms and are quite skillful in their use. Having guns in the home also necessitates extensive precautions in terms of safety. All my firearms are kept in either my large gun safe or in handgun safe boxes, away from tiny fingers as well as out of their sight. Only after their bed time will I have my handgun/shotgun out by our bed, as well as my charged cell phone is next to our bed during that time.