Carrying & Kid Wisdom

The other day my son walked into my office as we were getting ready to leave for a family evening out. I was stuffing a 1911 into a IWB holster on my belt. The conversation went something like this:

What does my eleven year old feel, when he sees this? Protected

Son: “Dad, are you taking a gun with us?”

Me: “Yep.”

Son: “You do that all the time?”

Me: “Mostly.”

Son: “I never noticed.”

Me: “You’re not supposed to.”

Son: “Why do you carry a gun? You’re not a cop anymore.”

Me: “Protection.”

Son: “From what? Criminals?”

Me: “Bad people.”

Son: “Are there a lot of bad people?”

Me: “Yep.”

Son: “How do ya know?”

Me: “I’ve seen ’em.”

Son…After some thought: “Makes sense to me.” And he turned and walked out…Unafraid.

Moral of the story: Kids can often better understand problems many adults find complex and feel the need to politicize. And, apparently, cowboys don’t have a monopoly on logic.




About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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4 Responses to Carrying & Kid Wisdom

  1. dale roberts says:

    I love this. Knowing Bat makes it even better.

  2. Murdoc says:

    This is a great post and makes me feel just a little bit better about the future.

    We need more kids who have more than the official party line of how and what to think.

    Another moral of the story: Good parents often have good kids.

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