I was shocked to learn that the wife of Missouri governor-elect, Eric Greitens, was robbed at gunpoint at 6 pm last night after leaving Cafe Ventana in the Central West End. 6 o'clock! That is not a time of day or night you would expect something like this to happen in a busy place like the CWE. Here at the Seminary a whole bunch of campus people were just finishing up our annual walk around the campus for the Christmas lighting. Staff would be about ready to head to their cars to go home. It isn't late.
It isn't so much that it was the wife of a future governor, but that certainly has the story leading the news. It's that crime is getting bolder. You just can't take for granted any time of the day or night that you'll be perfectly safe.
I was also conflicted by the many comments to this story on all news outlets online. Almost the first comment was to tell everyone including Mrs. Greiten to get a concealed carry permit and know how to use a firearm. The topic of guns sure to bring out the most instinctively angry reaction on both sides of the issue. But the question i ask in this case and in other similar stories, is how in the world would her having a gun have helped her?
I'm seriously interested in knowing how. I mean she had gotten into her car when they showed up. She could have been about to put the key in the ignition or waited a minute to check her text messages or email before she left. Certainly she was taken by surprise. So how would a gun in her purse or pocket have helped her?
I'm not completely against guns although I do not like them, neither am I all for them. But seriously, how does a concealed gun help you when you're taken by surprise which is most often what happens? By the time you'd get it out, it would be too late.
Crime in St. Louis is the issue and it's getting bolder and criminals are getting more numerous and bolder.