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?