murph wrote:When my folks were dating, my aunt (my motherâ€™s sister) was in her teens and got mixed up in a gang. My aunt ran away from home one day and my mom's family didn't hear from her for weeks. They begged for help from LEO's in finding her but they said that since she had run away of her own accord that they weren't willing to help. Well my dad decided to get involved and tried to talk to as many people as he could about the gang's hiding places and whereabouts. One day they got a lucky break and were told that the gang was held up at an abandoned house in Ogden.
After about a week of my dad and mom hiding out in a vehicle a block away trying to spot my aunt, one day they drove past and saw her and a bunch of her gang friends on the front lawn. The only gun my dad had was a Beretta .22 cal handgun but he usually kept it in a shoulder holster which made it look a little more intimidating. My dad became determined to take advantage of my aunt being out in the open and after my mother begging him not to go through with it he steps out of the car walks right in the middle of the thugs and grabs my aunt by the arm and says "Come on we are going!" She was completely strung out on drugs and complied because she didn't know what was going on. Just as my dad was walking out of the group a banger pulls a knife out on him, then one of his buddies noticing his shoulder holster says "Hey wait man he's got a gun!" My dad walked without incident with my strung out aunt over to the car as the gang members are shouting profanities and calling him a "pig" (I'm guessing they thought he was a LEO). If my dad didn't have his gun on him (even though it was a wimpy .22 cal) I don't think he would be alive today. (And consequently neither would I)
This story has always given me warm fuzzies and I never grow tired of hearing it when my dad decides to tell it again.
Oh BTW my aunt got her butt shipped up to Idaho where she had to work her tail off at a ranch and bakery my mothers extended family ran. She eventually met a good guy and is on the strait and narrow. This incident happened over 30 years ago.
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