I have made several posts in this past week regarding the shock of my life when my wife said she wanted to get her Concealed Weapons Permit. She has never felt very comfortable with guns, and has tolerated my guns with loving tolerance. Years ago I purchased a Ruger 10/22 for her, and we have enjoyed some quality shooting time together. Although she has enjoyed this time together, she expressed concern when I got a .22 CZ Scout for my daughter after she outgrew her Cricket, and then started teaching my 6 year old son how to shoot with the Cricket. She felt uncomfortable with all the guns in the house.
As I mentioned last week, she said she wanted to get her permit and I was floored. I still can’t stop smiling, but am still totally confused as to the change of heart. Today she picked out what she wanted, a Ruger LCR. This afternoon she and I went shopping for some new clothes for so she can appropriately conceal it.
After we returned from our outing, we had a long heart to heart, and I asked “Why this sudden decision?” I found out her decision isn’t “sudden”. She has been thinking of this for a long time. My wife used to work the night shift at a hospital working with outpatients that would come in for overnight medical studies. Patients that came in for these studies were checked in at admitting and then escorted to the lab that was off limits to visitors and anyone other than staff and escorted patients. One evening, as she was getting ready for the nights set of patients when she looked up and saw a man that was a patient the night before. This man asked if he could buy her or take her out for coffee. It sounds innocent enough, but he was in an off limits area, it was after hours and should have checked in at the reception desk, and he was married (My wife couldn’t help but recall that he talked about his wife the night before).
She politely turned him down and then discreetly notified security, and then me. When she discreetly (and immediately) notified me, I called the hospital’s house supervisor and notified her. In short, as soon as my wife turned him down, and left the area to a “secure” office, he bolted. They didn’t find him. As the night shift was coming to an end, the hospital house supervisor told her that they found him on the security video, he waited until the receptionist checking in afterhours visitors was busy and slipped past. They tracked his movements to the lab, and then back out. Because he was a patient at the hospital, and a patient of my wife, his mistake was that being a patient, he left his name and address etc. The hospital notified police and the police paid a courtesy call to the patient’s home. That was the last we heard.
This scared my wife. This was over 2 years ago. Since then we have moved out of state, and now she works from home for a lab doing computer work, and still occasionally works a night shift for a company at a couple of different locations. One location is in a rough area of town, and she just decided it was time.
I can’t guarantee that she will go through everything, and if she does that she will actually carry, but it appears that she is seriously taking steps to move in that direction. I guess only time will tell, but just remember that people can change their positions.
Now we are looking for advice for a women (not the slender athletic type) to conceal a Ruger LCR.