Unfortunately a large percentage of the Appalachian community lives on the the poverty line so that causes us to take some shortcuts as far as how and where we spend our money. Not only do a high percentage of us live in poverty, there’s a great deal of violence because of the rising poverty.
I’ve come to the decision that it’s important that I lock away all of my weapons including my hunting rifle, but gun safes I’ve come to realize are pretty expensive, and because of that I’ve taken to some gun safe reviews to find storage options that I can afford. I’m glad I don’t have a huge collection, but instead I only need to worry about my hunting rife and my handgun that I keep for emergencies in the chance someone breaks into my home.
We have always learned to live off of the land using fishing, streams, and hunting as a means to gather enough food for the winter because otherwise we would likely spend all our wages on going to and from any of the larger towns in the area. Because of the need to hunt as much as possible and live off the land, criminals can have easy access to our guns if we were to just leave them in a closet like my father and grandfather used to do.
While Sandhook and the Colorado shootings are some of the most notably examples of a gun getting into the wrong hands, there was a horrific situation that took place in 2002 that not many people realize. At the Appalachian School of Law, a student burst into the office of his dean at the time and killed a total of 3 people. This is an example of how and why it’s important in a region where poverty keeps getting worse that we need to protect everyone involved.
It’s unfortunate that it has come to this in an area I’ve grown up in and love, but poverty is real in the Appalachians and because of that I have started to make the decision to take precautionary measures to make sure that I won’t become a victim of the neglect that has befallen the area. When a 17 year old boy decides to take out a handgun and shoot on a cop, I know it’s gotten to the point where I can’t live in the past of the good old days but need to look to the future and how times have changed. I just hope that I make sure that a firearm I own doesn’t make it into the hands of someone it shouldn’t.
All of this is a grim reminder that we need to work and do whatever we can to rid the world of poverty. Not only would we all be in a better place as far as health, and mental state, but we wouldn’t have to worry as much about violence. The backwoods used to be so peaceful and a booming community but things can change quickly anywhere and when it starts going downhill, society will go to great extremes in order to make sure they are the ones that succumb to the environment around them. I would suggest to everyone in an area where there is an increase in violence to find a way to keep anyone from illegally obtaining your firearm because if not, then others may fall victim to what has happened in Central Appalachia.