It's long been said that you should not bring a knife to a gun fight. While both weapons are able to do great damage, the reach of a firearm is greater. The bullet moves faster and cuts deeper, stopping trouble in many cases before it even has a chance to start.
Coeur d'Alene is the name of both a city and lake nestled in the Idaho Panhandle. The lake is beautiful and scenic, having been formed along with other lakes at the hands of the Missoula Floods which occurred more than 12,000 years ago. Billed as the 'Lakeside Playground,' the area features 55 lakes, one of them being Lake Coeur d'Alene. A popular tourist area, there are many recreational offerings for visitors and locals alike to enjoy, but unfortunately something darker occurred there recently.
While walking with his daughter near Lake Coeur d'Alene, a retired marine was approached by a man with a knife, according to news outlet KREM. This man asked the marine, Anthony Broyles, for money, but Broyles suspected there was something else at the heart of the request, that being a plan to kidnap Broyles' daughter.
Though the knife-wielding man attempted to sneak up on the marine, Broyles was prepared. He drew his Ruger LCP .380, a gun he was carrying legally thanks to the permit he acquired earlier this year. When he drew the firearm, he was quick to chamber a round and aim it at his would-be assailant in order to protect the well-being of his daughter. Seeing the firearm, the assailant decided that this day was not, in fact, a good day to bring a knife to a gun fight, and fled the area.
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Anthony Broyles and his daughter are safe today because of the Ruger LCP legally permitted for carry by Broyles. Although the true intentions of their assailant may never be known, what is known is that a firearm was very likely to have saved their lives that day. Though the article states that he cocked the firearm, the Ruger LCP has a bobbed hammer that does not allow for cocking, so the question remains if the true meaning here is that a round was chambered.
While there is the question of whether or not Broyles would have been better off carrying his weapon with a round in the chamber, the weapon alone was enough deterrent to dissuade the person who intended to harm them...this time.
In many cases, altercations such as this end without a shot being fired, but there is no way to know in advance what action will be necessary to get you and your family home safe at the end of the day, and precious seconds spent chambering a round may be all it takes to end your day rather than saving it.
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What are your thoughts? Do you carry with a chambered round at all times or not, and why? What do you suggest in terms of overall safety? Let us know in the comments below.