By Major Van Harl USAF Ret
Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- The nursing major daughter was home from university for her fall break. She advised me it was going to be a dad-daughter bonding weekend with us making a 175 mile trip out west to our farm to go shooting.
When you have a daughter who is freely willing to take up a firearm and in turn insists that we go shooting on a regular basis, you have to nurture this thought process. You have to act on her request and take the daughter shooting–any time she wants.
So we drive out to the farm listening to a book on CD by W.E.B. Griffin. Another of his many books, about Americans taking up arms to defend the Nation against all enemies foreign and of course the worst kind, the domestic ones.
My daughter is a pretty good shot but this trip we worked on rapid reloading. I had her put on two holsters and gave her two handguns. She shot and reloaded the 38 Special multiple times, engaging three and four targets. Then I had her holster the 38 and quickly draw a small frame 22lr revolver. She moved closer to the target and emptied the cylinder.
If you are serious about carrying a firearm you need to give consideration to carrying more than one. In this day and age the bad guys seem to all carry more than one firearm and lots of extra ammo.
My type double-A, drive-drive-drive personality daughter was not happy with her groupings, where her rounds were patterning on the target. She wants to see groups the size of a silver dollar (remember real silver dollars–get some) while I am trying to tell her that on any police or military pistol range she would be qualifying expert.
So we shot more and she did even better. We cannot get TV reception on our farm and there is limited radio also. Because we were listening to the book on CD we drove all the way back to Milwaukee County without hearing any news. As we walked into the house the Colonel advised us there had been a shooting.
The serene enjoyment of another beautiful fall Wisconsin Sunday had been destroyed by a shooter who could not figure out any other way to solve his personal problems without killing other humans.
The shooting was at a Spa in Brookfield, a few miles west of Milwaukee. People, mostly women were getting their hair, their nails and other personal grooming issues attended to. It was suppose to be a relaxing day for the customers. Radcliffe Haughton had been served with a restraining order by the courts on behalf of his wife.
However in the words of the old Dixie Chicks song Goodbye Earl, “But Earl walked right through that restraining order and put her in intensive care.” Haughton however did not put Zina Haughton in intensive care he allegedly killed her and two other women in the Spa. I guess it does not take much to gun down unarmed women. Restraining orders are part of your right to free speech. You can freely express your problem to a legal system and hopefully that system can provide you some safe support.
Sadly a piece of paper does not stop lead.
Haughton killed three people and wounded three more before he did society a favor and killed himself. Apparently one woman came running out of the Spa with Haughton after her. She found some duck hunters in a near by fast food parking lot. They got their shotguns out and when Haughton saw the armed citizens he turned around. One sad but lucky woman did not die that day. I am already hearing stories about business in the area who had posted their buildings against the legal carry of firearms, but where how wondering out loud before Haughton was found dead, if they should go ahead and let folks bring their weapons to work.
This reminded me of my days in the retail firearms business. People would not proactively buy a firearm because of their political beliefs, but after they were assaulted, raped, or robbed at gun point they could not get to my store and buy that gun (any gun–just give it to me) fast enough.
The daughter advised me as she left to go back to school that she was going to tell her nursing friends she exercised her Seconded Amendment right this fall break. Then addressing in our driveway an invisible classmate she said “oh you exercised your First Amendment right this weekend-how cliché.”
Major Van Harl USAF Ret
Restraining orders and the First Amendment, mean very little if you cannot back up the rule of law with the threat of legal force.
About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:
Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret. , is a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. Now retired, these days he enjoys camping, traveling, volunteering with the Girl Scouts and writing. [email protected]