There’s no real downside to home carry. Safety first. As long as you put your Home Carry gun in a safe when you’re showering or answering the call of nature, the weapon is always under your control. In terms of ergonomics, there are a huge number of gun and holster options that are comfortable and (if you wish) discreet. Second, Home Carry saves lives. While I don’t have a specific anecdote handy to back-up that premise, common sense may suffice. During a home invasion, an owner practicing Home Carry has a gun where and when they need it. No footrace to the safe. Alternatively, how about an example where the lack of a Home Carry weapon leads to tragedy . . .
Scott Feldkamp rushed to protect his 83-year-old father when he saw a knife-wielding intruder attack him inside the family’s Marengo home, but Feldkamp was stabbed repeatedly during the struggle.
The 54-year-old Feldkamp still managed to stagger upstairs, grab a 9mm handgun, then lean over a stair railing and gun down Doran Bloom [above], a neighbor with a history of psychiatric problems, including “episodes of rage,” McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said.
Despite Feldkamp’s efforts, his father, John “Jack” Feldkamp died in the Tuesday night attack, as did his mother, 81-year-old Audrey Feldkamp — whom police said was stabbed 14 times by Bloom after he entered their rural, upscale home.
The main argument against Home Carry: who needs it? The odds of a home invasion like the one chronicled by suntimes.com are so low as to make someone packing heat at home look like someone suffering from paranoid delusions. Speaking of which . . .
The bizarre attack that left the 27-year-old Bloom dead and Scott Feldkamp severely injured appeared to be “a random incident of violence” committed by a mentally disturbed man, police said Wednesday.
“We can find no motive for this,” Nygren said. “This clearly appears to be a random incident of violence aimed at these victims for no particular reason.”
Yup, worst case scenario. So . . . you puts your gun in a safe, you takes your chances. You strap it on your hip, you lower your odds of needing a gun and not having one, in the place where your most precious assets shelter. Go figure.