Every time I take a vacation something happens

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:15 am

Despite the hustle and bustle of work and the upcoming holidays, I decided to take a vacation. I had nothing planned, anticipated, or even thought out, but it was a great vacation none the less.

During my vacation I managed to golf everyday, improving my golf game just in time to wait till next year. I was able to relax and sleep in a little during my vacation as well, which is always enjoyable. I caught up with my grandparents and visited my grandma in Illinois and even finished some chores.  I had a very relaxing, carefree vacation.

During my relaxing carefree vacation, something happened in Troy that wasn’t very relaxing for those involved. The main branch of Peoples Bank and Trust in Troy was robbed. It seems every time I take off of work, something “big” happens in our town, making headlines in our paper. When I first heard the news that PB&T was robbed, I was interested in the outcome of the robbery attempt because I know for a fact that PB&T allows concealed carry weapons and that the bank president, David Thompson, carries.

It turns out, that David Thompson and another employee held the bank robber at gunpoint and waited for police to arrive at the scene. Thompson waited till the robber was outside of his bank, away from his employees and customers and then took a stand. Thompson clearly let everyone know that the concealed carry law is allowed and encouraged at PB&T, and that no one steals from his bank and his customers.

Mr. Thompson was thanked by many of his customers and employees for taking care of the situation.  Some people, of course, are concerned about the concealed carry weapons law in Missouri. They say if everyone has guns on them, then crime might go through the roof. This might be true, but not just everyone can carry a firearm. To obtain your concealed carry license, you must meet requirements and pass background checks. Some people who are against the idea of concealed carry laws, may not be aware of the requirements that work to keep guns out of the hands of the “wrong” people.

Missouri’s concealed weapons law became effective February 26, 2004. To obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon (CCW) individuals must be at least 21 years of age, a citizen of the United States, have assumed residency in Missouri, or be an armed forces member or spouse stationed in Missouri.

An applicant can only apply if he/she has not been convicted, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felony, has no weapons-related misdemeanor conviction, has not been convicted within the past five years of a violent misdemeanor, has not been convicted of two or more misdemeanors involving DWI or possession or abuse of a controlled substance within the past five years, is not a fugitive and is not currently charged with a felony.  There are additional requirements.

That afternoon at PB&T had a good ending, no one was hurt, the money was returned and the robber was taken to jail. In this case it would seem the CCW helped prevent the robbery  attempt and helped apprehend the robber. I’m  thankful no one was injured during the robbery and everything turned out great.

It seems every time a violent act involving weapons occurs articles about gun control and the right to bear arms appear in the media. Concerned citizens on both sides of the issue have valid points. The outcome of the attempted robbery at PB&T would seem to point to the benefit of the “right” to people bearing arms. This situation gives all of us an opportunity to think about where we stand on the issue of gun control vs. the right to bear arms. What’s your opinion?

By James Brandly

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