EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a copy of a letter shared with me and several others by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. He gave me permission to share it with you, and I suggest you read it after watching this video.
No lessons are better learned than those that strike close to home. The purpose of this email is just to remind as many of my friends as possible of the importance of the Second Amendment and the concealed carry laws of the states.
On Monday evening I had a telephone call from my longtime friend, Chuck de Caro, who was at a motel in Arkansas, stopping off for the night on his way to California with his new wife, former CNN anchor woman, Lynne Russell. Chuck is a former chief war correspondent for CNN and as close to a real-life Indiana Jones as anyone I’ve ever known. Chuck used to parachute into the Nicaraguan jungles to live with the Contra guerillas for weeks at a time… eating snakes, rats, and other varmints… in order to bring out dramatic news film of the Sandinista-Contra civil war. In fact, back in 1987, Chuck talked me into going with him on his next trip into Nicaragua, but the Sandinistas and the Contras stopped shooting at each other before we could get there.
Chuck has for several years worked as an Information Warfare consultant to the Pentagon. I have worked with Chuck before on military projects and his telephone call on Monday evening was to brief me on the military purpose of his trip to California. Chuck has visited me here in Oklahoma on previous occasions and I tried to talk him into stopping over for a day or two, but he and Lynne were anxious to get to their next overnight stop in Albuquerque, so we made plans for them to spend a day or two with us on their way back to Washington in mid-July.
Then, on Wednesday morning, I was informed that Chuck was in critical condition in the University of New Mexico Medical Center, at Albuquerque, with three gunshot wounds… two to his abdomen and one to his leg.
As planned, Chuck and Lynne made it as far as Albuquerque on Tuesday evening, where they checked into a Motel 6 along Interstate 40. At around 10:30 PM, Chuck was just emerging from the shower when an armed robber crashed through the door of their room with a gun pointed directly at them. He demanded that they give him whatever cash they had and all of Lynne’s jewelry. Fortunately, Chuck and Lynne were both traveling with their handguns. Unfortunately, Chuck was standing there in the nude and had no place to hide a concealed carry handgun. However, Lynne maintained her composure. She walked to the dresser to retrieve her purse, but while she had her back turned to Chuck and their uninvited guest, she slipped her handgun into her purse. She handed the purse to Chuck, saying, “There might be something in here that he’d like to have.”
Chuck took the purse and looked inside. Seeing the handgun, he reached in and pulled it out. The robber fired three round at Chuck from close range, but Chuck got off several rounds of his own. The rounds that struck Chuck did not hit any vital organs and he is expected to make a full recovery. The robber was DOA at the hospital.
We don’t know how Chuck’s plans will evolve, or even how long he’ll be hospitalized, but we’re hoping that he and Lynne will be able to stop off here, as planned, to enjoy the healing waters of Cedar Crest on their way back to Washington.
I realize that handguns and the concealed carry laws are a problem for some people, even for a few conservatives, but were it not for the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, Joyce and I may very well have been short two friends today.
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