in kitchen drawers, in barns, in out and pump houses, behind bedroom doors, under beds, in open gun racks, while tagging along with adult hunters, while becoming a junior hunter, on rifle teams, on skeet and trap fields, with muzzleloaders, in the military ’69-’72, and all the rest of my adult life. I have NEVER seen a gun act of it’s own volition. It takes a human. However, an evil human can and will turn everything from his fist and boots, to a club, to a rock, to overwhelming numbers, to a car, and eventually a weapon . . .
The criminals will outweigh you, outnumber you, have the will to do harm or death, and have no regard for their victims. The single most effective item a family can have against that malign element is to be armed, and in practice. I have never had to draw a gun, but several times potentially criminal situations were avoided by the fact that the aggressors sensed that something wasn’t right about what I call ‘the prey aura’.
In other words, I didn’t act like or look like, or otherwise have ‘victim’ in my body language. As having been a victim of violent crime, [the hardware store would not allow employees to be armed], I knew — they knew — and everyone walked away. FWIW.
– TTAG reader JM