By Tom Givens
I live in a small town on the eastern fringe of the Tampa metropolitan area. The population is only about 36,000 and it’s a working community mostly involved in agriculture. Most of the country’s winter strawberries come from here, and most of the orange juice originates within a 100-mile radius.
The town’s police force has right at 100 officers. In January, there were officer-involved shootings on two consecutive days, about 24 hours apart. Both shootings occurred about 11:30am, in broad daylight. In one, the suspect involved shot at several people at random, killing one. He then exchanged gunfire with responding police, who killed him. There were two other officer-involved shootings last year in town.
You don’t get to pick the day you need your gun. Someone else gets to pick that day, and they will typically only inform you at the last minute.
A couple of nights ago, there was an attempted home invasion in the subdivision adjacent to mine, with three suspects who fired shots at a resident who confronted them. Also this month, a young woman disappeared. Her car was found at an intersection, phone and purse inside, but she was nowhere to be found.
Any place there are people, there is a potential for violence. Every community, no matter how small or peaceful appearing, has violent criminals and mentally disturbed individuals. Accept that fact. Once you accept that fact, it becomes easier to put up with carrying your gear, religiously, every day. You don’t get to pick the day you need your gun. Someone else gets to pick that day, and they will typically only inform you at the last minute.
Tom has now been working in firearms instruction for nearly forty years. He has trained security officers; law enforcement officers at the local, state, and federal level; and foreign government agents. https://rangemaster.com/about/tom-givens/