Events from this evening remind me of why I support the 2nd Amendment. I walked in on a home invasion this evening. It all started when I just arrived at church for an evening of ministry and service when we received a phone call from ADT monitoring systems. I was slightly upset thinking that Beignet (our dog) had gotten out of her room and had set off one of the motion detectors. So, Abbi, Eli and I went to the house to reset the alarm and put Beignet back in her room. I had discernment enough to have Abbi and Eli stay in the car until I reset the alarm. As I entered the front door I had this overwhelming sense to stand still and not move. Then I heard the alarm say, “back door open.” I waited a few minutes and moved on into the kitchen and living room and noticed our back door was open. Beignet had not gotten out but someone had entered our home.
I called ADT back and they gave me a run down of the report. It is evident that our home was breached. It appears as though nothing has been taken from our home. Still not sure how exactly the got in through the back door. We have been very careful about making sure our doors were locked but one never knows for sure. We had a visit from a couple of fine deputies of Madison County Sheriff’s department and checked out our entire house.
After we felt there was nothing more for us to do and that had secured the home again we headed back to church. While we were on our way back Lynette and I thanked God that it appears nothing was taken. We are thankful that I had the kids stay in the car. We are thankful that nobody got hurt. I am thankful that God is our Protector and our source of security. I am also very grateful that I live in the United States of America and that we have been blessed with the 2nd Amendment.
From a very early age, my dad taught me how to properly use guns and to respect the power of firearms. I have been waiting now for my new FOID card to arrive so that I can teach Lynette and my children how to properly use a weapon for self-defense and also respect the power and responsibility that come with owning a gun. So, Illinois, please take care of business and get Lynette’s and my FOID cards to us as soon as possible. I will also say that I am very much in favor of a conceal to carry law in Illinois, the only state currently without some level of conceal to carry provision/law.
Those of you who know me well know that I love a good laugh and even though this is a serious matter, I am very blessed that it turned out the way it did. It is only because of God’s grace that things turned out this way. When I was sharing this with the adult choir tonight after rehearsal I was asked if I had a baseball bat that I could keep at home for protection. Being the person that I am, I remembered a Madea movie and shared with them one of my favorite quotes – Madea is sharing her secret to having peace in potentially dangerous situations and she says, Jesus said, peace be still and therefore I keeps me a piece of steel on my person. In other words she keeps her “piece” (gun) on her at all times.
I can’t help but wonder if I had my piece with me when I entered my home tonight, I know that I would have had more confidence in entering my own home, while my security alarm was going off. The 2nd Amendment isn’t just for protecting oneself in a home invasion or for hunting purposes but against invasions foreign and domestic. My prayer is that through my encounter tonight that people become more aware and educated on why we have the 2nd Amendment. God bless America!