Ladies and gentlemen, this story is just one reason why guns should remain legal for law-abiding citizens - felons and the mentally ill need not
apply. The police can not always be there to help you, and more often than not their only role is to investigate your murder after the fact.
Personally, I'd rather there be nothing to investigate. I'll add my story to the mix just for farts and giggles:
I have carried a sidearm since I left the Marine Corp some 30 years ago. When I was going to college in Detroit, married to my first wife, we stopped
at a Wendy's drive-thru to grab some chow for the 5 hour drive to our cabin up north where we were going to spend the weekend. So I'm sitting there
waiting on my Bacon Double Cheeseburger when a van roars in the exit lane of the parking lot and skids to a stop right in front of me. The driver gets
out of the van with a tire iron and runs around to the passenger side where he pulls a woman out of the van, throws her to the ground, and raises the
tire iron above his head.
At this point it is obvious this scumbag is trying to kill this woman, so I step out of my car and advance to within a few feet of him, ordering him
to drop the tire iron: "Don't make me drop you dude," I said as I leveled the barrel of my .357 at his face. "I'll do it in a heartbeat if you
don't drop the tire iron and get back in your van right now."
He didn't drop the tire iron, but he did get back into his van giving me the opportunity to make sure his wife/GF/hooker-he-picked-up got inside the
Wendy's safely. As I turned and looked inside the Wendy's, I saw a restaurant full of people giving me a standing ovation. There is no doubt that by
intervening I probably saved that woman's life, or at the very least prevented great bodily injury. I HAD to do it because there wasn't a cop in
sight. Even if someone called right away (before cell phones) she would have been dead long before the cops got there. That is the ONLY time in 30
years that I have ever unholstered my weapon off of a shooting range.
I had a similar thing to the OP's story happen in Colorado Springs shortly after I moved there with my second - and current - wife of 23 years to
take a job working as a reporter for CBS Radio on KVOR:
We had just moved into this beautiful little city nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and my wife and I were still doing the tourist
thing, walking up and down the main drag just to see what there was to see. It was a hot day, so we walked into a bar to grab a beer. Unbeknownst to
us at the time, it was a biker bar - a fact of which we quickly came to be aware.
My wife is a beautiful woman, and back then she - like the OP's wife - was a head turner extraordinaire; she was garnering quite a bit of attention
from the men in the bar even though we were at a corner table in the back trying to be inconspicuous. As we got up to leave, a couple of the bikers
stood in our way. "Why don't you leave the little lady here for a while so we can get to know her a little better," one said with a smirk on his
face. "Over my dead body," I replied, "and probably yours too."
I was reaching for the .380 I had in my back pocket when I heard a voice behind me that said, "I think you boys should leave my brother and his lady
alone." I turned and saw a man wearing his biker colors and a Marine Corp baseball cap, sitting by himself at the bar, who obviously commanded the
respect of the other men in the bar. He had noticed the Marine Corp T-shirt I was wearing, and being a former Marine himself, he wasn't about to let
any harm befall us in what was apparently "his club."
"I don't believe you are just going to let this sweet piece out of here without paying a tax," the first biker said. "Not only am I going to let
them leave in peace," my advocate replied to his minion, "but for disrespecting them in the first place you are going to pay for their drinks."
Had that man not been there to control his "boys," blood would have been spilled that day. No way in hell was I going to let a bunch of bikers run a
train on my wife. I'm just grateful that it never came to that. We never did go back into that bar though; why tempt fate?
In my opinion, everyone (aside from the aforementioned exceptions) should carry a weapon AFTER being trained to use it. We can't always rely on the
police to protect us because, well, they aren't always around to do so. There is legislation currently pending here in S.C. that will allow ANY
person who would normally be allowed to own a weapon to carry it concealed without a permit. Personally, I think that ROCKS.
There were two concurrent studies done back in the 80's on two towns: one in Illinois where they totally BANNED the ownership of handguns, even in
your own home; the other was a town in Georgia where the ownership of a handgun was REQUIRED of all citizens of the town. Care to take a guess as to
what happened to the crime rates in these two cities?
In Illinois, where handgun ownership was banned, burglaries, assaults, rapes, and murders SKYROCKETED! The criminals were no longer afraid to break
into people's homes and do whatever they wanted to the residents. In stark contrast, the city in Georgia experienced a drop in crime to levels not
seen in the last 100 years. It would seem that burglars are loath to enter a home where they KNOW the homeowner is packin' heat.
It's common sense really.