Concealed Carry Makes Some Feel Safe

By Ryan Dearbone | 

The massacres in Colorado and Nebraska last week have left many people wondering just where we're safe at.

Some people are arming themselves against such attacks through the "Concealed Carry Law."

Elissia Palmer first got her concealed carry permit 11 years ago because of late nights spent at work.

"Sometimes, depending upon what I was involved in, especially if its a grant-writing time, I could be there as late as 9 or 10 o'clock a night," Palmer recalled.

She got herself some piece of mind in the form of a "piece."

So when she sees scenes like what happened in Nebraska and Colorado, it's shocking.

"Who would have ever thought something like that could happen at a church? I go to a small rural church, so who could envision something like that would ever happen and that you would need that type of protection for you and the congregation," Palmer said.

Concealed Carry instructor Deborah Williams says whenever tragic events like these take place, more and more people want to sign up for Concealed Carry licenses.

"It happens. That's when people who have been thinking about doing this for a while suddenly say, 'Oh man, I need to do it,'" Williams said.

She says the benefit of having those with concealed weapons in a crisis is that they can hopefully save lives of the innocent.

"They have the opportunity and the time to evaluate that situation and then be able to react to it accordingly," Williams noted.

In the past decade, Palmer says she's never had to use her gun in self-defense.

Still, she says for her, it's just comforting knowing that if trouble does me her way, she can protect herself.

In 2005, nearly 800 Warren County residents received their "Concealed Weapons" permits.

Williams says women can benefit the most from carrying a concealed weapon.

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