State Representative Michael DeBose (D-12) of Cleveland (OH)was an opponent of Right-to-Carry, having voted against the measure twice. All that changed on the night of May 1, when he was confronted by two men, one of whom was wielding a gun. On that night, Rep. DeBose’s sense of security in his neighborhood changed, as did his view on lawful citizens being able to defend themselves.
Rep. DeBose was lucky—this time—that his running, screaming, and summons for help prevented him from being harmed. When asked how this recent experience may change the prism through which he views Right-to-Carry, Rep. DeBose was crystal clear: "I was wrong. I'm going to get a permit and so is my wife. I've changed my mind. You need a way to protect yourself and your family. I don't want to hurt anyone. But I never again want to be in the position where I'm approached by someone with a gun and I don't have one. There are too many people who are just evil and mean-spirited. They will hurt you for no reason. If more people were packing guns, it might serve as a deterrent.”Isn't it amazing how when theory meets practice, practice usually wins? But isn't it even more amazing just what it takes for some people to learn this lesson?
I'm glad that Rep. DeBose is OK, and I'm happy he's had his moment of epiphany, however frightening and dangerous it was. He's now going to be one of our bestest buddies and a great resource to talk to those who believe as he once did.
Oh, and Rep. DeBose, anytime you get down here to God's country, let me know and I'll take you to the range. Ammo for the excursion is on me.