To arm or not to arm
Recently, my interest is drawn to firearms and the sport of practical shooting. I felt the need to protect my family and be able to defend ourselves just in case anything unpleasant happens. My wife was against it and even after a trip to a gun store, she was not fully sold to the idea.
|This M1911 A1 .45 caliber FSPS is the gun of my choice as this photo was taken during our visit to gun store.|
This desire was further intensified by an incident that happened one night when I was driving with my family. We came from a visit to my wife’s province in San Pablo, Laguna which was a good 100 kilometer trip from our house in Caloocan City.
Along the way, somewhere in between the boundary of Laguna and Batangas, I saw a man on the side of the street and although it was dark I noticed that he was looking at us as our car approaches. Upon passing him, I heard a loud noise as something hit our car. Instinctively, I slowed down and asked my wife and children if they are all right and if nobody’s hurt. I realized that we were hit by a stone thrown at the glass window by that man in the dark. I fight the urge to stop and get out of the car and confront the man for I thought that he might have accomplices lurking in the dark and if we stop, they would pounce on us. That would make the matter much worst and since the glass didn’t break and no damage was done, I let the matter go and continued driving. However, the incident strengthened my resolve to arm myself so I could defend my family if things like this happen again. My wife was shaken and I told her that’s one good reason why I should buy a gun and be a responsible owner.
Below is my first try at the firing range. I was a bit tense and my instructor (and videographer) told me to relax. He was impressed however, with my shooting for I was able to cluster my shots in groups and hit the bullseye.
I’ll be posting more when my fire arm and gun license is delivered from Camp Crame.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one. ~ Thomas Jefferson