As far back I can remember, there has always been a loaded gun in the house. As a young child I was shown where the gun was in case I needed to use it in an emergency. My dad taught me to shoot when I was four and he also taught me to respect guns and his rules. I have two older brothers and a younger sister and we were all taught to shoot, to respect guns and none of us ever played with the real guns or even touched them without permission. When my girls were young I kept a loaded gun in the house and always have. And I’m not afraid to use it to defend my wife, my home or myself.
I’ve known and talked to many people who say they would never allow a gun in their house. I’ve asked them what they would do if someone broke in and they said they would let them take whatever they wanted. I generally follow that with asking them what if the intruders are after raping the wife or daughter.
One man I worked with said he would probably tell them to go ahead and do what they were going to do but just not hurt them in the process. I couldn’t believe what he said. I asked him that if a man broke into his house and had a knife and threatened to kill or rape his wife or three young daughters that he would just stand there and let them? I should have known the answer because I saw him step out of the way of a shoplifter running to the front door of the store that this man managed. He told me that he doesn’t believe in guns or violence. When his wife found out, she ended up divorcing him, taking his daughters and moved to another state. He blamed me for his failed marriage, when in fact it was his own fault because he was too spineless to defend his wife or three daughters and she was appalled by his lack of courage.
James Dittrich who lived in New Jersey had pretty much the same views on gun ownership. He was against having a gun in his house. He was also oblivious to his surroundings and wasn’t paying attention to others.
Dittrich was returning to his apartment when he suddenly found himself being robbed at gunpoint in the stairwell. After stealing his wallet, the two thugs forced Dittrich into his apartment. His fiancé, Meredith Duffy was sleeping in the bedroom. Fearing that they would harm or rape her, Dittrich grabbed for the gun and wrestled to get control of it while Duffy dialed 9-1-1. The two men started beating Dittrich with one of them telling the other to shoot him.
Eventually, the two thugs left before police could arrive. Dittrich was taken to the local hospital where he was treated for a broken nose, both broken cheekbones and a broken eye socket. After healing from his wounds, Dittrich and Duffy left New Jersey and moved to Ohio. Once in the Buckeye state, the couple purchased a gun and keep it handy for self-protection.
In an interview, Dittrich stated:
“I didn’t want a gun. I specifically didn’t want one. I was very much opposed to hav[ing] one, and I guess I got the realization that the police really can’t protect you. They can respond, and they can protect you once they get there. But, you’re on your own.”
Hopefully, Dittrich and Duffy will get professional help in learning how to use their gun if needed.
What about you? If you’ve always been anti-gun and refuse to allow a gun in your home, let me ask you what you would do if someone broke in and threatened the lives of your family? Would you rather watch as someone brutally rapes your wife or daughters or would you rather have a gun with which you could stop them and protect your family? How valuable is your family to you?