Pistol Packing Preschool Teacher Personifies Personal ResponsibilitySubmitted by Jefferson on Sat, 01/19/2013 - 22:02
In honor of "Gun Appreciation Day" I went to support my local dealer, who also happens to be a friend. It was actually just a coincidence that my order had come in and was ready on this day, but hey what the heck.
So my friend is back in his office on hold waiting for my background check to clear, and I'm at the counter talking to one of the old timers about how to refinish a wooden stock on a particular rifle. This is one of the most unique old fashioned Hardware stores in my city. They sell nails by the pound, (like they used to) hardware, firearms and ammo. It's not your average hardware store.
While we're talking, a lady comes up behind us and begins to stand there patiently waiting. If you were to judge a book by its cover, you'd have never guessed that she was packing heat. After a couple of minutes of talking and not wanting to be rude, I turned to ask if there was anything we could help her with. She kind of looked out of place there at the gun counter.
Well, apparently she was looking for ammo, and a pistol safe for her vehicle. After looking at the type of ammo she was looking for and realizing it wasn't in stock, I wrote down several places she could look for it online and made a couple of other local recommendations. We began to make small talk, and that was when she let me know she was a teacher. Not just a teacher, but one that was licensed to carry. This was quite a shock considering Austin is a pretty liberal city.
She started to loosen up a bit and began pointing out and commenting on some of my friends' controversial signs and bumper stickers that are plastered around the sales counter. She was especially tickled at the roll of toilet paper with the U.N. logo on each sheet. (my friend just has that kind of sense of humor)
As the conversation progressed, I had to sheepishly admit to her that she had confused my particular stereotype of women teachers not only being less inclined to own guns, but to carry them to work and everywhere else. She explained that I was right in most cases, but not with her.
She went on to talk about how she and 2 other male teachers were concealed permit holders, but expressed frustration for having to leave them in their vehicles locked in some sort of safe. She also expressed frustration with these "gun free zones" and how silly they are. She summed it up by saying "no one's going to get to my babies, and I'm not going to just wait around for the cops to show up either."
I wanted to high five her on the spot. It was quite shocking to hear these words come from this mild mannered, and mistakenly timid lady. If only more people understood this concept and took responsibility not just for their own safety, but the safety of others they may be responsible for, we'd most likely be dealing with less crimes of this nature.
My friend finally comes out of his office after being on hold for roughly 20 minutes with the background check folks (apparently a new store record) and begins to remove my new Rossi "Ranch Hand" 44 magnum handgun. It's a strange looking gun. It's almost like a miniaturized lever action western rifle, but is classified as a handgun that's about 2 feet long.
(Here is a picture for reference)
By this time about 5 people were gathered around the counter when he unboxed it. People began to oooh and ahh as it came out of the box, which pleased me a great deal. I couldn't resist saying, "yeah, it's for my 3 year old," which was met with a couple of gasps, and a good old belly laugh from my friend. I said "well, he's got to learn sometime," which is where my friend intervened and let everyone know that I was just pulling their leg.
All in all, it was a good day. I got to exercise an inherent right, and met some neat people in the process. Just thought I would share this tiny reinforcement of faith in humanity.