I have trouble even saying this, but today with the covid pandemic and the riots going on; my family is really worried. For the first time ever, they asked if we should get guns. We are not a gun-holding household, we all know that guns are dangerous to the people that live there. And they haven’t even ever had guns drawn on them or been shot at. I have. We also have one person with a history of suicide attempts.
So I’m very hesitant to get guns, no matter how much I might like one. As a kid, my dad had a rifle and a couple of shotguns that I inherited. I shot at targets a few times. It was fun. But my stepdad pawned them all for drug money. Ultimately, when he was beating my mom, I KO’d him via a baseball bat.
And in retrospect, every single time a gun was pulled on me was within the 15’ range where someone is reachable within two strides at most. Where a melee weapon can hit.
So I’m trying to convince my family, just use whatever is available, a maglite, or a stick, or whatever happens to be there if you need to defend yourself. We don’t need guns. But they’re scared. So now I’ve been volunteered to acquire weapons for the household. I think they want me to get guns, but sticks would be so much better.
So it’s a big mess and I’d love to hear from others how are you dealing with this?