By Vance Ewing
This Valentine’s Day, skip the cards and flowers and show the ones you care about how much you love them with a gift of self-defense. Pepper spray, a taser, or training in the safe, defensive use of a fire arm are the perfect gifts to demonstrate you care about their safety and security. Maybe it’s time to update the motion detector lights and alarm system that hasn’t worked in years. How about talking with your loved ones regarding how to be situationally aware and maybe even practice an intruder in the home drill? Everyone needs to know what they are supposed to do if that ever that happens. If you truly want your loved ones to know how much you care about them, ask them to join you working out the security and response plans. Mom and dad, don’t wait a moment longer! Now is the time for that talk with your sons and daughters about how to be safe and how to respond in dangerous situations. Discuss it and then give them the tools they need to defend themselves. I just heard a story about a home invasion involving a teenage daughter, and it’s plain scary to know how easy a target most of us are. If you thought about giving that special someone in your life a gun because you’re concerned for their safety, then this Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show them just how much you care for them. Don’t forget the gift of training to ensure they become a safe and responsible gun owner. It’s been said that teaching someone how to protect themselves is one of the greatest self-esteem builders you could do for them. It also shows that person how much you value their safety and well-being. Being able to defend oneself also goes a long way in building trust and compassion for others. Pepper spray, alarms, motion detector lights, and a good self- defense gun, yup, that’s what I call true love.
Vance Ewing spent 22 years in the US Army and eight years as a NATO Counter-IED and Anti-Terrorism Instructor. Vance currently serves as a NRA Counselor and Trainer. Michael Ryen spent eight years in the US Army Reserves and currently serves as a NRA Trainer and recruiter. They are the owners of The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center located at 22940 Harlan Lane, Saint Robert, Missouri. www.bowandbarrelsports.com, 573-451-2129