The fear of crime has many seniors feeling the need to protect themselves. That means to some to buy guns. And two elderly gun owners say they are not afraid to use them. They say having a gun is the only way they feel safe anymore.
A 75-year-old widow in Hoover has a handgun in her car and she keeps a double barrel shotgun by her bed. Each one of her guns is loaded.
Sixty-five year old Willie Biggs of Birmingham keeps a shotgun in his home to protect himself and his wife.
Both are prepared if needed.
The widow says, “If someone tries to bother me I don’t expect to let them do it without a fight. If they are bothering me, if I am in fear of my life then I feel like I’ve got them the reason to shot somebody.”
Willie Biggs says, “As you listen to the media and read the papers, there’s so much happening around you. You never know.”
Both of them say now more than ever before, it’s extremely important to have a gun.
They say it’s scary knowing that they may have to shoot a robber or a burglar, but they will do it.