Wild situation near my house

pardogpardog MemberPosts: 423 Member
I got a call at work yesterday from my wife. She said there was a bank robbery near our home and the robber had taken hostages. She couldn't pick up our son from school as it was in lock down and she said there were police helicopters circling the area around our house. The police were telling all residents in the area (a rather large area, not our immediate neighborhood) to stay indoors with their doors locked. She was understandable a little nervous. I made sure she retrieved a gun and checked the locks. I was able to leave work and come home early. The police eventually located the suspected and he was shot and killed. He wasn't far from us as the crow flies but far enough away that we weren't near the action. Anyway, this made me realize a couple of things. First my wife needs to be more comfortable and proficient with guns (she's open to this) and I need to keep a long gun more readily accessible. I have several hand guns readily accessible but my long guns are in the safe. These two issues will be resolved ASAP.


http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/09/11/mgk-kss-suspect-fatally-shot-after-bank-robbery-kidnapping/#.VBMIH1_nbIU

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  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,465 Senior Member
    I hope it doesn't take a situation like this or worse to wake my wife up from the dreamworld she lives in where defensive proficiency is unimportant.
    Knowledge is essential to living freely and fully; understanding gives knowledge purpose and strength; wisdom is combining the two and applying them appropriately in words and actions.
  • TrueTone911TrueTone911 Senior Member Posts: 6,045 Senior Member
    It took a break in 3 doors down and a couple of door knob rattlers at our house to make her see the need. But at least now she sees it and we are at the range twice a month making sure she knows how to use the tools of her defense.


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  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    bobbyrlf3 wrote: »
    I hope it doesn't take a situation like this or worse to wake my wife up from the dreamworld she lives in where defensive proficiency is unimportant.

    Have her read this thread
    Teach your children to love guns, they'll never be able to afford drugs
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    If everyday crime reports don't do the trick, how is this thread going to help?

    Convincing people of the existing need to protect / defend themselves and their loved ones, is not a job I want.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Nothing like a real emergency to:
    1- Readjust wive's desire to be proficient with firearms
    2- Make anyone re-asses their level of comfort with their existing HD plan.

    A few years back we had a similar experience with a local guy shot and killed his wife and then ran into the woods behind my house (about 400 acres in total owned by myself and a few neighbors). The police came by to tell my wife and helicopters were flying overhead. It worked out that the guy blew his own head off with the same shotgun he killed his wife with but there was some tense moments specially when my kids came home from school and had to come up the 475' driveway. My wife actually drove down to the road to pick them up.

    I was at work so I had to manage everything by phone but this was the one that convinced my wife guns had to be HANDY and she had to become very proficient with them QUICK...

    Yep, the other day I got it in my head that I hadn't seen her speed loader in a while and couldn't find it.This is for her night stand gun. So I mentioned it to her and she went upstairs and found it.She plopped in down on the table by my chair and said rather archly, "It was on YOUR side".
    I said, "That may be but it's YOUR ammo to protect YOUR life. Therefore it's YOUR responsibility to keep up with it, not mine."

    I think she got the message.
    Teach your children to love guns, they'll never be able to afford drugs
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Good post and good thoughts here.

    Not having kids around is a big plus for me and therefore I'm okay w. having loaded .45s nearby where I usually sit or lie down. Girlfriend isn't negative about this even tho she's not a pro-gun nut like I am, heh heh.

    We've gone thru scenarios repeatedly but the main objective is to have whichever type of firearm you might need available quickly. If you're defending a large house or open property, long guns may be the better choice, rifle or shotgun. Closer situations, a handgun is likely all you'll need.

    What makes the bottom line is that the gun is accessible and quick.

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  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Good one and oh so true.

    It seems to me they count on us to protect them,perhaps on some deep subconscious level and I'll die trying if I have to but I can't always be there. Besides a team is always better than one guy. I've also told her that if the poop did ever come down, I'll do better if I can trust her to do her part.
    It's a mind set issue more than anything else.
    Teach your children to love guns, they'll never be able to afford drugs
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,803 Senior Member
    Some good posts here and some good thoughts. My wife is a tough character, but she used to be a bit gun shy. She didn't like me keeptheing my 9mm under the bed. She would get real nervous. But yet when I took her to the range with it that was fine. She had seen some tough characters in the Philippines and been close to some shoot outs that left some dead, in fact she'd been right in the crowd. But since I started taking her to the range and taking her hunting she has eased up a lot. It's more a matter of being used to being around guns on an almost daily basis. Now she's a whole lot cooler around guns and she's learning to be very proficient with them. As she gains confidence and learns more about gun safety, she is much less skidish around guns.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,837 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Yep, I get a little annoyed when we go out and my wife does the "Well since you are carrying I don't have to..." That is one habit I need to break for good.

    Yep...generally takes a run-in with Mr. Murphy to take care of that...
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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Snake, skittish not skidish, the idea of a gun under the bed bothers Me, not for safety concerns or even security Concerns,it just bothers Me to have something of value laying in dust bunnies and rust making stuff and crumbles maybe mud daubers and other barrel blocking insects, really more like OCD on My part rather than valid reasons or concerns.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
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