Lancaster, Ohio is a fairly peaceful town of about 40,000 people that lies 30 miles southeast of Columbus. One of the nicknames for the city is Glass Town because it’s the home of Anchor Hocking, named for the Hocking River which flows through the town.
Many residents of Lancaster believe it to be a safe place to live and walk their dogs. One of those residents is Dinah Burns who regularly walks her dog Gracie near her home and a local elementary school.
On Monday, August 29, Burns and Gracie were out for a walk when she was approached by two men who emerged from the nearby woods. Burns described what happened:
“Two gentlemen came out of the woods, one holding a baseball bat, and said ‘You’re coming with us.’”
“I said, ‘Well, what do you want?,’ and as I was saying that I reached in to my pocket and slipped my gun out, slipped the safety off as I pulled it out.”
“As I was doing that the other gentleman came toward me and raised the baseball bat. And, I pointed the gun at them and said, ‘I have this and I’m not afraid to use it.’”
At that point the two men backed away and Burns was able to continue on without any further incident. She told the local media:
“I think if they’d gotten any closer, I probably would have fired.”
Burns credited the training she went through to get her conceal carry permit in preparing her to handle the situation. She said it taught her:
“To get out of a situation, back out, get out of it as much as you can without having to discharge your firearm.”
“[I’m] very thankful that it turned out the way it did, and hope it doesn’t happen again, but I will be prepared.”
Ohio has seen a large increase in the number of conceal carry permit applications in last few years. From 2012 to 2013, the number of conceal carry permit applications doubled and the number of application renewals quadrupled. The state has also passed a law allowing educators to go through firearms training and carry weapons on campus to help protect the students from would be shooters. Since the law was passed classes have been booked to the maximum with teachers and school administrators, wanting to learn how to protect their students.
Yet if Barack Obama had his way, none of the teachers would be allowed to carry a gun to protect their students with. Under Obama’s strict anti-Second Amendment laws that he tried to get passed, Dinah Burns would not have been allowed to carry a concealed gun, meaning that she would have been at the mercy of the two men and their baseball bat. Who knows what the final outcome would have been but it probably would not have been a good outcome.
Obama, Biden, Bloomberg and others prefer that women like Burns be victims of violent and brutal attacks rather than have the means to protect themselves and be able to walk away. Why would any woman, or man, vote for anyone that would prefer them to be victims rather than victors?