Wild Side, It’s Not About The Gun!


It’s not about the gun. It’s a walk on the Wild Side carrying a handgun is about awareness, awareness of your surroundings, your safety, the safety of others. I’ll always remember the time I flew from West Coast to East Coast for a law enforcement conference. The plane was so late landing in Philadelphia that every single person could not make their connections. The airline had to put us up for the night at various hotels; a situation which quickly erupted in chaos. There stood one very elderly woman, frightened, panicked. I stepped in to take care of her without hesitation. It is of no account to say if I were armed or not, but to say I was aware of my surroundings and took action as necessary. I needed to reach my conference, she just wanted to get home.  With that, I made certain we got to our hotel and that she got food. At first, the hotel staff claimed the restaurant was closed. I insisted that somebody had to have a key to the pantry, my 82 -year -old companion had not eaten in ten hours. It had been a long day, indeed. Magically, food appeared at our hotel room door.  We ate, we slept well, we caught our morning flights, we arrived safely and soundly to our destination.  I received a heartfelt thank you card from this woman for stepping in and taking charge of her well being of my own accord. It’s not about the gun. It’s about presence and awareness in stressful situations. It’s about extending yourself on behalf of someone else’s well being.  How prepared are you to protect and assist, not just yourselves and loved ones, but a perfect stranger? 


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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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