My wife and I had just had our child, so it hit home because this happened practically in our backyard at a store she frequently went to. I realized that I needed to do more to protect my family. So, I decided after work one night to go to the range and shoot a firearm. I got lucky it was a Friday night and it happened to be men’s night. The gun rental and targets were free and I had an opportunity to try out different types of firearms. I tried several that night. I didn’t feel really confident about how they felt in my hand and I was nervous as to whether or not I could really commit to owning a firearm. I went home that night and told my wife where I went that evening and what I was considering. She was not pleased with the idea and wasted no time making that clear.
That one gun was the beginning of my journey. I bought some bulk ammo and I would go to the range once or twice a week to get more comfortable. I took a class at the range to help align my sights so I knew what I would be shooting at and work on my accuracy. The more I practiced, the more efficient I became. Then the COVID pandemic hit and shut down the whole country for the most part. That is when I decided to take a security class to receive my D license. I wanted to train more and sharpen my skillset so I studied for and received my G license for armed security. I work for two companies, one was unarmed and one was in an armed position. Now my training had excelled, the more I learned the more I wanted to continue all facets of firearms.
I enrolled in school for an Associates’ degree in firearm technology, for which I am still attending and hoping to finish later this year. With all the work and training that I put in, I know with all my heart that I can protect my family if I needed to. I don’t ever want anyone to be in a helpless position the way the woman was in that store. She was lucky and nothing happened to her child thanks to people that were in that store to help her.