If you are going to get your concealed carry permit, you should commit to carrying your firearm all of the time you are legally allowed to. Charlotte Maughan has her permit, but when two dogs in her neighborhood started attacking hers, she had to go back to the house to get a gun.
Brian Maughan [her son] said it was one of the scariest moments of his life.She goes back to the house, can’t find her gun (???) so she picks up her husband’s which she has not practiced with*.
“They shot after the dog, ripping her end to end,” he said. “The flesh (was) literally torn down to the bone.”
The dogs picked up Mollie and dragged her through the street and other yards, Charlotte Maughan said.Mrs. Maughan kills both of the attacking dogs and it turns out her dog is expected to recover. Good job and nice shooting there**. But her son takes the story to a scary place:
“Blood was coming out of her mouth,” she said, “and I thought she was gone.”
Brian Maughan said the event made him think about how vulnerable children or older adults would be to a similar attack.Mrs. Maughan is 60 so if the other older adults in that neighborhood are like her, then they be bad! But there is no reason it couldn’t have been a small child instead of her dog that was attacked. And if it had been Mrs. Maughan grandson being mauled by these feral dogs, she would still have had to go back home and retrieve her gun. Fate isn’t going to hit the pause button because you weren’t ready and need a time-out.
“What if it had been a human being?” he said. “That’s just what was really scary about it.”
They say you shouldn’t time the stock market because you will never get the timing right. You’ll be too soon in or too late out of the market. Better to have a consistent investment strategy that pays off over time. Carrying arms and being ready for trouble, all of the time, is like having that consistent investment strategy. You are prepared all of the time, so when life doesn’t swing your way, you are ready for it.
Carrying a gun is mostly a colossal pain. The laws are stupid. The holsters are $100 of compromises. And going to the bathroom is a pain. However, I would never be able to live with myself if I had the training, the means, and the right to carry my gun and left it at home when something like this happens. And I bet you wouldn’t either. Carry your gun. ALL OF THE TIME.