I got dragged to the mall today...
I have 5 kids. One of them is a daughter and the other 4 are boys. Apparently, it is vital to a 13 year old girls health and well being to visit the mall occasionally and today I was begged to go to the mall. I of course, being an idiot in addition to an soft touch for my only girl said OK.
So, I went upstairs, strapped on the Glock 23, 4 spare fully loaded 13 round mags, 2 back up guns with a spare magazine each, 6 knives of various kinds and sizes, 2 cans of pepper spray, a stun gun, telescoping baton, Kevlar vest, 3 cell phones, and 3 flashlights. I was ready to go. But, I found I was unable to walk with all that on so a got rid of everything but the G23, 2 spare mags, a flashlight, a knife, one can of pepper spray (FOX labs) and the cell phone. Almost felt naked though.:hand5:
We walked around and I looked at all the freaks and wondered how in the heck was I going to pick out the threat coming at me. It was like being dropped into the movie "Blade Runner' or something. What is it with the teens today? Do they all have to look like freaks?
My oldest son who is 17 and who really didn't want to be there either and I sat out on a bench while the wife and daughter and younger boys went into the Disney Store. He commented, as we watched a guy in a black trench coat and spiky hair with metal studs sticking out of various parts of his face, that it should be legal to use a Taser gun on people like that. I agreed and for the rest of the time there we would look at each other and say "Taser" every time we saw another freak.
He also asked me how I kept an eye on everyone when we are at a place like this. He was wondering because he knows he wants to get his carry permit in a few years when he hits 21 and he said he practices being as alert as possible when we are out so he will be better at it when he does start carrying. I was a bit proud when he said that.
What I told him was that I am not sure you can watch everyone in a crowd that size. You just have to do your best and watch for the people who look like they are the most likely threat.
I think my oldest son is going to be OK when he goes out into the world on his own.