You just never know......this happened at a funeral !
I post about this incident because it supports the philosophy of being armed all the time. Sure there are places and settings that you feel "safe", just as there are places and settings you feel uneasy. You never know for sure, so don't compromise your safety by assuming some places are 100% without threats.
Here's what happened to us recently, and it shows how unexpectantly things can change in seconds.
We were attending my fathers funeral (WWII veteran) a few weeks ago and were all gathered at the gravesite concluding his final services. We're in a very nice cemetery on the edge of town, almost rural, major highway nearby. I'm sitting under the "green tent" facing my Dad's casket, attendees standing outside of the tent mostly to our backs, the pallbearers are on the opposite side of the casket from me, their backs are to the major highway that is somewhat nearby. Because of where I was sitting, I couldn't see any of this happening, but here is the story as I was told:
During the closing prayers, a guy on a bicycle, with stuff hanging off of it comes riding up the grass toward us behind the standing pallbearers. I can't see him because my view is blocked by the casket. He was described to me as sort of like a homeless-looking person. The lady funeral director spied his approach and wanted to intercept him from potentially disrupting the services. She trotted toward him with her finger over her lips signalling him to be quiet.
As she got closer to him, she whispered, "You've got to be quiet".
He says, "I'm here to pay my respects"
She says, "You need to leave".
He says, "I'm part of the family".
She says, "No you're not".
About this time her male co-workers had eased toward this minor scene and the guy on the bicycle took that as a cue as time to leave, and he left, peddling back toward the highway.
It didn't upset me, in fact I found it sort of funny. This occurred about 20-30 feet behind the pallbearers and it was handled so professionally by the staff that hardly anyone noticed it. The funny thing is the pallbearers, there were definitely 7 out of 8 of them that the homeless guy would not want to mess with.
Anyway the point of my story, you'd normally not had any thoughts of a potential threat riding up on a bicycle in a setting like that. Who knows what mental condition this guy was in and how he'd react to being ask to leave? Who knows what he had in the bags on his bicycle.
BTW at least two of us were armed, not that we felt threatened to be at a funeral, it was just our daily "wear".