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On August 3, 2019, a 21-year-old man entered a Walmart in El Paso, TX, and opened fire, killing 22 people and injuring two dozen others.
What I find fascinating about this shooting is that it happened in a state like Texas, which has more than 1.4 million active concealed carry permits, yet no one appears to have had a firearm that day.
It's safe to say that dozens, maybe hundreds, of people inside the store had a permit, yet no one was carrying a gun with them during the shooting.
Why? I believe it's because these people had a very weak “why.” Those people didn't think they would need a firearm that day because they were only going to Walmart, which they had probably done thousands of times without incident.
Except this time wouldn't be like all the rest. This time, a wolf was lurking in the shadows preparing to strike. Thousands of people were in Walmart that day; how many of them would you guess had a firearm in their vehicle? Dozens, maybe even hundreds.
Students tell me all the time they are getting a concealed weapons permit so that they can keep themselves and their families safe. When I ask how often they are planning to carry their firearm, they respond, "I'm going to keep the gun in my vehicle. I'm not going to walk around with it everywhere I go." What an insane response.
In one breath, these people tell me they need a gun to keep their families safe, and in the next, they tell me they only plan on having a firearm in their vehicle. What these individuals are saying is that they only want to be able to protect their family while they're in their car.
People never think something violent is going to happen to them, and when it does, they are completely caught off-guard. If someone inside of the El Paso Walmart would have had a firearm and the proper training, they could have easily stopped the mass shooter, saving countless lives.
Instead, they had a weak “why,” and they chose to bury their heads in the sand, hoping the wolf wouldn't appear.
I’ve chosen a different path. I live my life constantly aware that evil things happen lightning-fast and I am responsible for the safety and protection of my family.
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That's all I have for today. So until next time keep training and stay safe...Talk to you soon,
Ryan G. Thomas
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Ryan G. Thomas
Ryan believes a trained and aware citizen is the best way to minimize crime, victims and senseless acts of violence. Ryan is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a father of three beautiful children. Ryan and his wife Tiffany met while doing inner city ministry for Operation Explosion in Tampa 12 years ago. He is passionate about God, his family, and his community. Ryan has a passion for the 2nd amendment and believes all Americans should have the right and ability to protect themselves and their families.