WHY I CARRY
I couldn’t wait to get my first Daisy BB gun, at age 9, for Christmas. My dad was an avid rabbit and quail hunter and I knew, if I handled my weapon responsibly, in a year or so I would be able to use one of his shot guns. That wonderful experience will always be in my memory. As I grew older, high crime statistics prompted me to apply for a CCW carry license, however, for some reason or another I would always put it off.
That all changed some years ago while traveling. My wife and I made an overnight stop in Wilmington N.C. to visit with some old friends. After an enjoyable evening of dining and conversation, we returned to our motel about midnight and immediately went to bed with the intention of an early morning departure.
At 3 AM we both received the shock of our lives. Both of us immediately sat up in bed, with eyes bulging wide open, glaring at each other as someone was pounding against our motel room door. What do we do if the lock does not hold and they come barging in? (It’s difficult to think clearly under these circumstances) I had my cell phone next to me at the bed however would a “911” call do any good? The next thought was to call the motel office. The intruders must have heard my loud (quivering) voice on the phone and left the scene.
The motel night clerk passed outside of our room (about 5 minutes later!!!) and called back to report he saw no one.
Needless to say, after this experience, we were wide-awake, full of adrenalin, and ready to leave. I peeked outside from behind the window curtains, about 3:30 AM and the environment was dark and quiet. My next concern was; how secure is it for me to unlock the motel door and load luggage into the car? After several minutes of looking outside the room with our lights turned off, I could see no activity and decided we could safely make our getaway. I quickly loaded our luggage in the trunk while my wife nervously held the phone and watched. Finally, we were in our car safely and on our way home. This experience prompted me to immediately apply for my CCW Concealed Carry license. I also decided that I would carry concealed at all times when and where the law allows.