A Night of Song and Prayers
Tonight was the annual choir concert for my kids. Four of my five kids are in elementary school, and tonight was the yearly concert. As my wife and I crammed in the high school auditorium with the hundreds of other families and vied for precious seats, I reflected on two interesting facts.
First – contrary to my normal mode of carry, I was unarmed. In Michigan, schools are off limits to concealed carry, except for the relatively few special cases such as law enforcement officers. As a sheepdog, I believe it is my duty to carry my firearm everywhere that I am legally allowed to carry it – and I do. Unfortunately, schools in Michigan (like most states) are Victim Disarmament Zones.
This bothered me. Here I was, sitting in the middle of a large crowd of adults and kids, in an area where I legally could not have the tools necessary to defend my family, or others, should the worst possible problem happen. I was disarmed by a legislature and society that looks on sheepdogs with distrust and distaste.
The second fact was that this would be a heck of a mess if there was a fire. As I looked around the room, I noticed where the exits were, which ones were closer, and where they led to in relation to the overall building. And then I realized that if a fire broke out, I was going to be separated from at least two of my young children, who were off preparing for their portion of the concert.
As I sat there, I prayed that nothing would happen tonight. But I also prayed that if it did, I would be prepared to do what was necessary to protect my family, and make sure we all went home that evening.
Thankfully, my prayers were answered. Nothing happened (aside from a few loud, off-key kids). Everyone went home that night. But ponder this – if you are in that situation, do you have a plan for disaster?
Sometime in the near future, I’m going to start a series of posts about “mob mentality” as I gather some thoughts together for a book. Hang with me. And as always, please feel free to comment on this post here, or in the forums.