Well, I have come up on the anniversary of that horrible evening in New Castle. It has been one year since those two punks surprised me in my own driveway and jammed a gun into my ribs and demanded my money, and I returned the favor of surprise by shooting one of them point-blank in the chest, making them both flee back to their home....
It all still seems so unreal when I think about it, and I remember that night. I can still recall seeing them both walking down the street as I drove past them. I can still recall putting my work bag on my shoulder and zipping up my backpack. I can recall the feeling of a hard cold object being shoved into my ribs on my left side. I can still recall the "conversation" we had during the incident, and his cold voice. I can still remember all the thoughts I had going through my head as the events unfolded. I can still remember all the emotions and feelings I felt during and after it all happened. I can still remember... everything.
The incident from a year ago changed my life forever. Mostly in good, positive ways... but in a few negative ways as well. I won't get into details or explanations right now, but I want to list a few things I did learn a year ago. I hope you all remember and carry these points with you, always:
- crime can happen to anyone, anywhere, at anytime.
- carry your firearm at all times, and protect yourself at all times.
- carry your firearm with a round IN the chamber, ready to fire.
- practice drawing from your carry holster. Practice this a lot.
- make the conscious decision that you'll pull the trigger ahead of time, not when your life is in danger.
- the events will happen very quickly, but they'll feel like time is standing still.
- only shoot until the threat to your life is over.
- you'll be asked to explain what happened countless times. Write stuff down if you have a chance.
- the adrenaline will eventually go away. Be prepared to shake and get chilly.
- have a good lawyer lined up before any incident occurs.
- you have many brothers and sisters in the gun community ready to help you.
I had written a lot of things down since the incident, including thoughts, feelings, procedures I went through, people I spoke with, etc. I'll have to compile it all into a booklet or something, some day. Someone even suggested that I should be a guest speaker at particular events. I guess things happened the way they did for a reason. And maybe it's my time to get more "public" with what happened instead of keeping it to myself. I don't know...
What I do know is that everyone has to be alert, and be ready, for anything, anywhere, and at any time. We all hear/read the news everyday. Evil is all around us, preying on the weak. Be aware. Be strong. Be swift and decisive. Carry at all times. And we'll triumph over evil when it comes knocking on our door.
(Cross-posted from Delaware Open Carry)