It is virtually crime free where I live. It's one reason I chose to live here. Maybe a murder every other year that is domestic related, a bar fight here and there, stuff stolen from open garages, teenage drug use and minor vandalism but burglaries and home invasion are unheard of.
One reason is that Porter County has many gun dealers and many gun owners. In Valpo alone we have two and Wal-Mart makes three. It's hardly the wild-west as the anti-gun folks would have you believe. There are two indoor shooting ranges within ten miles of me. The locals like to hunt too.
Out here it’s a rural area with a rural sense of mutual respect. The State of Indiana offers concealed carry permits to non-felons for purposes of self defense. I have one. Most folks understand if you are a stranger and you threaten another's life or invade someone’s home you may be assuming room temperature rather quickly. We all respect the second amendment in these here parts.
In my fourteen years living here there has been no local criminal activity I know of.
Last weekend I heard some disturbing news from a neighbor. Three burglaries occured last week. Two were very close to my residence. There are conflicting stories. One witness claimed she saw a young white male bounding out of one of the residences carrying a package. This is unusual. Details are sketchy. I'm not sure but I’m ready.
This is my Glock. There are many like it but this one is mine.
I don't pretend to be a firearms expert or collector. I am a gun user. My guns are all scratched due to field use.
I do know that handgun owners have personal preferences. There are revolvers, semi-autos, combat pistols, small concealable pieces and even old-west style derringers to choose from for self defense purposes. A hotly debated topic is between those who prefer revolvers over semi-automatics. Call me a semi-auto kind of guy. While there are many fine beautiful guns out there I prefer the Glock.
Then there is the “which semi auto is best” debate that goes on forever in gun shops and ranges. Many prefer a 1911 style in .45cal used by the military in WWll. I like my Glock model 22 in .40 cal Smith & Wesson thank you. For me, my Glock .40 is a fine piece. It is preferred by law enforcement over all others according to my cousin who is a policeman, a member of an urban swat team and he takes pleasure going into a crack house with his Metropolitan Drug Task Force buddies after tossing a concussion grenade through a window. Talk about home invasion. For that he carries his Glock .40 on the side and a full-auto HK MP5 in his hands.
I may not be a champion marksman but I’m good enough. When I first picked up a Glock and pulled the trigger it just felt right for me. The Glock 40 is lightweight, slender, well balanced and the clip can hold 15 rounds of .40cal business. They’re incredibly easy to take down and clean.
Glocks are combat pistols, they do not have a traditional safety mechanism. There are three. From the Glock website - "When the trigger is pulled, 3 safety features are automatically deactivated one after another. When doing so, the trigger bar is deflected downward by the connector and the firing pin is released under full load. When the trigger is released, all three safety features re-engage and the GLOCK pistol is automatically secured again". As any responsible gun owner knows you do not put your finger on the trigger of any weapon until you are confident of a safe, true shot. If you drop a locked and loaded Glock it will not go off.
There is the story of a Glock test where they ran over one with an Abrams tank on concrete. They picked up the gun and emptied the clip. They are nearly indestructible.
When it comes to dealing with a home invader I prefer something a bit more serious. And more forgiving. Like this.
Say hello to my 12ga short barrel side-by-side shotgun. It is one cm beyond legal. This one belonged to my grandfather. He used it to protect his business, which was located in a high crime area of Northwest Indiana.
Being short this piece can be easily handled in tight spaces and narrow hallways. And it more than capable of maximum damage. No need for marksmanship with one of these babies. I can honestly "shoot from the hip" to get the job done.
About a year ago in the town of Wilmette Illinois a man shot an intruder in his house. The intruder was shot twice with a handgun but he was able to escape and showed up at a hospital emergency room later on. The homeowner was later charged with possession of an illegal weapon. Wilmette had a handgun band. I would have done the same but not with a handgun. After a double blast of 12ga high brass #2's that intruder would have been sent flying through the drywall. Then I would have called 911.
Would I shoot an intruder who broke into my home? All I can say is I hope that time never comes. But I am more than ready.
The war is coming to the streets of America and if you are not keeping and bearing and practicing with your arms then you will be helpless and you will be the victim of evil. -Ted Nugent