Sometimes This Is What It Takes


First, my prayers are with the people of Paris tonight. The attacks there only go to prove that the enemies of freedom are everywhere, and are unlikely to end any time soon without our resistance.

Jim Scouten summed it up on Facebook thus: “Soft Targets. We are watching our future play out tonight in Paris.” That’s what we are. Soft Targets.

The realization of this hit home for us tonight as we watched. My wife, though, rather than being afraid, got very angry, yelling things at the TV that I know she had heard me say for a long time – how free citizens can only remain free as long as they are free to defend themselves. How we must all be prepared, both by arms and by training and practice, because we never really know when and where the danger will appear.

In the past, she would hear me say it, and just nod. After all, we really didn’t have so much to fear.

And she would always defend me to the kids – oh, that’s just your Dad.

But tonight, she came to see that it wasn’t just me, it was the truth. It was the way the world is. And she decided it was time to start getting ready.

First, she joined the NRA and After all, it’s best to be in like company. And, if we are to win, we will need to do it together. So she’s in.

Next, we’re headed out tomorrow to go gun shopping. She knows what she wants, and she’ll get it: a Gen4 Glock17 or Glock19. She’s shot mine before, and the Lord knows we have a ton of magazines that will fit it.

Then next week, down to the probate court for a Weapons Carry License.

Then, off to practice with me.

I can only hope this same thing happened tonight in a thousand other homes. Honestly it’s the only hope we have.