Posted By RichC on October 13, 2006
The issue of ‘gun control’ and ‘conceal carry’ came up while talking with a friend since she was planning to take a handgun class and wanted to be able to carry a handgun in her purse. As a supporter of a civilians right to bear arms, I was still somewhat concerned and hadn’t fully thought out the ‘conceal carry’ issue in my own mind. (I’m probably not alone?) My concern is ‘who’ around me is eventually is going to be carrying a concealed weapon on a daily basis? Its quite the responsibility and I was on the fence until I listened and thought it though.
My friend’s incident began with ‘road rage’ directed toward her a few weeks ago and became one of the reasons she wanted to carry a handgun. I was concerned that someone in a ‘panic’ with close proximity to a gun could make a deadly mistake and so I still wasn’t sure I wanted motorists to have ready access to a gun, but was starting to understand her position too. She explained that during the recent trip, a man stormed out of his car and came up to her window yelling profanities. At first he yanked on her locked door handle and then pounded on her window. Fearing it would break, she quickly drove through the traffic light in a panic and called 911 on her cell phone. Nothing came of the incident as the guy was never stopped, but that evening she began thinking about what could have happened.
A couple weeks later she read about a sexual assault in a park just a few miles from her house that she regularly goes to and that clinched the desire to not be a victim. I’ll include the Cincinnati Enquirer story below as well as an interesting ABC John Stossel video clip talking about ‘Gun Myths.’ I’m now on board with the Ohioans for Concealed Carry and believe that no one should have to be a victim. Who knows, if criminals have to think twice about who around them is armed, crime statistics might improve? As for bad guys getting guns, they’ll buy, steal or carry a gun with or without a permit anyway … only the responsible citizen goes through the training, background check and permitting procedure to carry one.
SHARONVILLE, OHIO – â€“ The woman who was sexually assaulted yesterday in a park here recognized her attacker. In her 911 call to police, the woman said, â€œI see him over here all the time.â€
â€œIn my entire career I have not come across anything this appalling to me,â€ Sharonville Police Lt. John Cook said. â€œThe fact that he did this in front of the two children is disgusting.â€
The teen approached the woman while she was at the park playground with her children, Cook said. In the 911 call, the 21-year-old woman said the teenager told her he had a gun in his bag. â€œI got both my babies with me and I wasnâ€™t gonna argue with nobody,â€ she said. â€œI have a gun in my backpack. You need to come with me,â€ the teen told the victim, Cook said.
The woman pleaded unsuccessfully with the teen to allow her to take her two children home before he forced her to go to a nearby shelter area, Cook said. There, Cook said, the teen ordered the woman to undress and then forced her to perform a sex act.
A couple of park employees noticed the naked woman and went to investigate, Cook said. The teen ran away as the park employees approached. One park employee stayed with the woman and called police. The other chased the teen, but lost sight of him. A Sharonville police officer spotted the teen a short time later in a nearby church parking lot, Cook said. The teen was arrested and taken to the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.