I was waiting for a race on TV to start and decided I haven’t gone out and shot the guns in a while so I grabbed the .380 and .40 with one magazine each and went out to the side of the house. My son-in-law built me a nice target stand last Christmas and it’s on the side of the house and backs up to a 10+ foot berm. (I live outside city limits of a small city. My property is about 2/3 acre and have a 10+ foot dirt ‘wall’ on one side of my house and in the backyard.)
I get done shooting, holster the gun and start heading back inside. I look up to the street and there’s a neighbor standing next to her car. that’s stopped in the middle of the street. She’s on the phone yelling at me to “put the gun down.” I yell back at her that I’m not holding a gun (remember, it’s holstered). She continues to yell at me, with her phone to her ear, “put the gun down.” I just turned and walked into the house, put the guns away and walked back out to the porch. She’s gone, so what do I do next?
I call 911, tell them that “a neighbor probably just called you and before the Sheriff arrives I want you to know I’m a legally armed citizen, my guns are now stowed in the house, and I was not pointing a gun at anyone. The dispatcher gets my information, asks if I was target shooting and that the complaint was someone shooting randomly. The dispatcher says that he’ll let the responding officer know and thanks me for calling.
There was nothing for me to do but sit on the porch waiting for the Sheriff to show up. About fifteen minutes or so have gone by since she called 911 and a Sheriff’s car drives by the house and I waved. Addresses out here aren’t marked very well. He continued to drive on by. I figured he was on his way to talk to the nosy hoplophobe neighbor so I went back into the house and asked my 12-year-old son if he wanted a lesson in handgun laws and how ignorant people react to guns. He joins me on the porch and we wait.
The Sheriff finally shows and stops his car in the street at the top of my driveway. I walk down the ramp up to my porch, and I show the officer I don’t have a gun on me. I told my son that I just want the officer to know I’m unarmed to put him at ease. I did it out of respect for the officer since all he really knows is that some hysterical lady called 911 about a neighbor randomly shooting a gun.
The officer calmly walks down my driveway, asks me if I was target shooting and acknowledges that I was doing nothing wrong and that he had informed the neighbor of this fact. He thanks me for stowing the guns before he arrived and lets me know, again, that I was doing nothing wrong and they have to respond to all 911 calls. I told him I understood and have no problem with that. Before he leaves, he tells me that if I have any more problems, don’t hesitate to call because he’s there to serve me as well as the neighbor.
As for the neighbor, if you hate/fear guns so much, when you hear gun shots would you hop in your car drive around the block and stop where the shooting is going on? The officer didn’t understand this either as he told me he had no idea what she was thinking because if he was her he said he wouldn’t have done that.
Last week I had the opportunity to host six Italians for a day. During a drive, one member of the Italian team asked me why none of the nice homes had walls around them. I mentioned security systems and our right to have weapons to protect ourselves. “I think Americans have a lot of guns,” said one of the team. I said yes, and more are exercising their right every day.
Preparing to explain and defend what I just said, I was surprised when the Italians responded, “We have no way to defend our homes.”
Thank God for our rights, fight to protect them.
D.C. refuses to return his guns, even after all charges dropped. His only mistake was allowing a car search.