This We Believe

Separated by Differences, United by Beliefs

Dangerous Delivery

on February 29, 2012

A few years ago, while I was in the Navy, I was stationed in Norfolk, VA.  The area was not too bad, outside of the mostly military population.  There were beaches, malls, movie theaters, bowling alleys, the usual attractions of a beach community.  Unfortunately, the crime rates of robberies, assaults, and homicides were higher in some areas.

Being a so-called junior sailor, which basically meant E-3 or below, I did not make the best money.  As such, I mostly hung around people close to my rank due to having the same lifestyle of not spending money all the time.  A close friend of mine, Justin, decided to pick up an extra job delivering pizza on weekends to have some extra spending money when he drove home on leave.

Justin was your average guy.  He came from the suburbs near Buffalo, NY, and did not come from a lot of money.  He wanted the extra money so he could take his family to nice dinners and spend some on them while he was home.  He was also saving up so he could have his girlfriend come down for a weekend.

Now, the areas closest to bases are typically, so I was told, higher in the crimes than others.  Justin, who lived in the barracks on base with me, got his job at the pizza place close to the base.  Unfortunately for Justin, he was robbed, either at gunpoint or by a knife, three times within six months.  Two of the times he was robbed happened while he was delivering pizza and the other after he left a bar in the area.

If Justin had a concealed carry license, he potentially could have avoided these situations.  Since we lived on base, personal weapons were not allowed.  I believe that we have a right to defend ourselves, family, and property by whatever means necessary if danger is imposed on us.  I believe that we should not have to show cause for a reason to own a weapon.  The people carrying weapons legally are law abiding citizens and therefore should be allowed to carry one anywhere they go.  I believe we all have the right to feel safe.

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