Last Thursday, I had a news headline pop up on my cell phone. It was nothing new, except I recognized the last name. The headline was “Woman holds burglar at gunpoint until police arrive”. It was the same last name of a young man who is involved in a community organization with my own children so I immediately sent him a message to see if it was a relation to him. He replied very quickly that it was, indeed, his mother. After hearing that everyone was alright, I was intrigued and knew I had to meet the woman who all the buzz was about.
Mrs. Tammy Takach is a lady who knows firsthand what the 2nd amendment means and understands why we have it. Tammy was awakened a little before 5 a.m. on Thursday morning by a loud crash. Throwing on her robe and grabbing her Smith & Wesson 910S, she headed downstairs to investigate while her son slept upstairs. What she found was a man who had broken into her home. What happened next is the part that made me proud.
Mrs. Takach called 911 and was put on the phone with the police. She proceeded to put the phone on speaker so that she could have both hands on the firearm that stood between her and the man who broke into her home. She informed the dispatcher that she was holding him at gunpoint and that they’d better hurry. The intruder got a little antsy a few times, even expressing his desire to ‘just leave now’; Mrs. Takach told him flat out that, “the only place you’re going is to jail, and if you move you’re going to the morgue.” Police arrived after several minutes and arrested the man, Ryan Geary. Geary was arraigned on Friday on burglary charges, possessing criminal tools and marijuana charges. The judge held him on $50,000 bond and Geary is due back in court on Friday June 7th.
Mrs. Takach and I talked extensively about the 2nd amendment, shooting, and other related things. I asked her what the lesson was that she took away from this was.
“Don’t hesitate”, she replied. “You are either a fighter or a victim.” She’s absolutely correct. In many cases, hesitation has cost people their lives – hesitation can make you a victim very quickly. Tammy was ready to defend her home and her son without hesitation. The ability to defend our homes, possessions and families are the main reasons for our 2nd amendment.
The same day that this occurred, I happened to watch this video of Megyn Kelly reporting on a story of a woman who did not own a firearm, called for police, and was told that there was no one to help her. Her home was broken into; she was subsequently attacked, and raped. The incident described in the report is a perfect argument why every law-abiding citizen should own a firearm and know how to use it.
Tammy Takach and I also discussed the importance of owning firearms, knowing how to use them, and training with them consistently. It’s not enough to simply go buy a gun–you must learn how to use it properly and learn how to use it in various situations. It is that type of serious training that will help a person remain calm in a tense situation where they actually need to draw or fire their gun. Remaining calm and in control is exactly what helped Tammy just a few mornings ago when her home was targeted by an intruder.
“Defend what’s yours”, Tammy says, succinct and clearly to the point. “Don’t be a victim.” That sums up the exact reason why we have the 2nd amendment. It’s time that criminals and tyrannous government officials and politicians alike realize that we will defend what is ours and that we will not sit back and be victims. This applies to self-defense in our home and to defense of our country and Constitution.
So, Tammy Takach – thank you for taking a stand, for not hesitating, and for reminding us that we can and should stand up for what is ours. We have the right to defend ourselves – we should cherish that right and strive to maintain it at any cost. Without it, well, I don’t even want to think about what we’d do without the right to defend ourselves via the 2nd amendment. Hopefully someday, criminals will think twice before breaking into homes anywhere – you never know when you might just be staring down the barrel of a gun held by a well-trained, calm homeowner willing to defend themselves!
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.” ~Thomas Jefferson