Those of us fortunate to live in the bubble have a weakness in our home defense: workmen. We’d never think of inviting a total stranger into our homes. Someone well outside our social circle with an unknown background. Someone who could case the joint, clock the exact security set-up and return with his friends to highlight and delete our possessions. Or worse: someone who’s emotionally unstable, and aggressive with it. And yet we hire workmen we’ve never seen before and give them the run of the joint. Some people leave workmen alone with their most precious possession of all: their family. There is a better way . . .
Obviously, anyone with an ounce of common sense never hires a handyman, window washer, roofer, etc. who’s not bonded and insured, and always check references. Right. But even if you are careful, you never know. For example, do you know the bona fides of the workmen working for your workmen?
There’s a simple way to keep yourself safe during these periods of employment and send a clear message that you and yours are not an easy target: home carry. At least one of the adults in situ should pack visible heat.
If your gun is legal, you don’t need an special permission to open carry at home. You’re good to stow.
If you open carry in front of workmen, they’ll get the picture pretty damn quick. I’ve watched workmen point to Sam’s holstered 686 with a wry smile and make a sarcastic remark. To which she replies calmly, “I’m an excellent shot.”
That’s more than enough to get the point across. The message also works its way to the “workman community.” “You’re the woman who carries a gun in the house.” To which Sam replies “Obviously.”
And then everyone gets on with their business. Just as it should be.