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Recently, after I attended a local gun show, I was driving along the highway when I noticed a car pulled off in a rather secluded part of the interstate. A young girl was looking underneath the hood looking confused. Having four daughters of my own, I stopped and rolled down my window and asked her if she needed to call someone or needed a ride to the next exit.

She looked as if she didn’t hear me, so I got out and approached her. As I got close to her, around the back of the car came a young man who looked to be in his early 20s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall weighing over a hundred pounds. It was 42 degrees Fahrenheit that night and I noticed the sweat rolling down his face, I thought he may be under the influence of something.

I looked down and in his hand was an old machete and as he began to raise it, I immediately backed up as my law enforcement training had taught me and pulled my Charter Arms Pug .22 Mag revolver from my waistband. I explained to him in no uncertain terms that this could be a very bad day for him if he didn’t drop the machete. He peered down at his chest and saw the red dot from the Lasergrips I had installed earlier that day, slowly moving up and down his torso.

I told him that I was a retired officer and that he needed to put the machete down on the ground, turn around and back up toward me with his hands on his head. The girl began to cry and so did he. Two kids strung out trying to lure someone to help them, there’s no telling what the outcome could have been. I telephoned 911 and waited until a deputy sheriff arrived.

After some small talk with the deputy, he thanked me and said that it could have been divine intervention that I not only purchased a firearm that day, but also loaded it and had it ready when needed. Keep in mind that we never know what the outcome will be, but be aware of your surroundings and expect the unexpected. Doing what appears to be the right thing is not necessarily always the best thing.

—KW, KY

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