About 200 residents packed the Wright Township Firehall on April 6, eager to hear a panel of experts discuss a variety of topics pertaining to a citizen’s right to use firearms for self-defense. The crowd was a mix –male and female, young and old, some dressed in camouflage and others in suits –all curious about their right to bear arms.
The message they received, from law enforcement and legal experts, was basically the same –if using deadly force could be avoided, it should. When faced with a threat, the crowd was told, seeking a way out of the situation is always preferred to shooting a firearm.
Sometimes, however, deadly force is necessary to protect oneself if threatened in a grave manner. The panel addressed how one should handle the aftermath of a shooting if one occurs. The firm message related from the three attorneys on the panel was to keep quiet and call a lawyer immediately.
The free seminar, held by
Mountaintop on the Move, included not only attorneys, but also Wright Township Police Chief Royce Engler and Gary Tredinnick, firearms dealer, owner of Mountain Top Outdoorsman, and NRA firearms instructor.
Dr. Mark Bohn, a retired NRA firearms instructor, moderated the event. He and other MOTM members came up with the idea for the event largely because they had heard so much misinformation about firearms and self-defense.