A young college student by the name of Andrea Rebello, was the victim of a home invasion. An armed masked man forced his way into the home she shared with her twin sister and another female roommate (and a male house guest). Her roommate was allowed to leave on the pretense of collecting money from a nearby ATM, and phoned the police. They rushed to the scene and a gun fight ensued. Neither the home invader, nor Andrea survived the night. The police killed them both in their attempt to free Andrea, her sister, and the house guest that the intruder was holding hostage.
This violent encounter took place in a quiet neighborhood, only blocks away from the private college the Rebello sisters attended. This was not the result of a provocation, or one of the unfortunate side effects of living in a “rough neighborhood.” And, although the police were called and responded to the cry for help within minutes, they were not able to end the confrontation without harm befalling one of the home’s residents. Could it have been worse? Almost certainly. But could the threat from the masked gunman have been ended without Andrea’s sacrifice? Possibly. What if one of the invaded house’s inhabitants had a concealed carry weapon?
I am by no means implying that mere possession of a firearm (or a concealed carry permit) is enough to thwart all evildoers from the potential harm they might have otherwise inflicted. But a firearm in the hands of a victim of an attack, such as the one that befell Andrea and her companions, can serve as a tool to help even the odds against an attacker – if it is accessible to them. That brings me to the subject of concealed carry in the home. How do you approach it?
Colleene Barnett, of Keeping the Piece, keeps her concealed carry pistol on her person, even at home. If there is some reason for her to remove it from her body, she makes sure the holstered gun follows her from room to room, always close at hand. However, I’ve spoken with some within the firearms enthusiast community, namely those with young children at home, who are uncomfortable with having a live firearm on them with their children around. Generally, their solution is to, upon entering the house, remove their concealed carry firearm from their person immediately deposit it into a gun safe. On YouTube, I’ve seen another solution for concealed carry at home: “hidey holes.” These are spaces within the home where firearms are tucked out of sight, but are still accessible to those who know where they are located, either throughout the house, or, for example, only in one room of the house. The tragedy that occurred last weekend that ended Andrea’s life is a sad example that violent crimes happen, even in “nice” neighborhoods, and that law enforcement may not be a sufficient response to that threat. Concealed carry in the home may be the edge that allows a victim of violent crime to survive the encounter. How do you address concealed carry at home?
Featured image credit: Robert Stolarik for the NY Times.