Here’s a subject we don’t talk about often, well because it is my hope that many of you, if not all, have the viable option of concealed carrying at work. It’s also safe to assume that none of you need convincing either, but if you know someone who needs it (say your wife, coworker, etc.) feel free to share this with them because I have a story that may change their mind.


I knew a young woman from my church who worked at a local gas station. It was a fairly popular spot, named after the local high school mascot; for this story let’s call it the Eagle Express and let’s call the young woman Staci.

It was getting late in the evening after a busy day, probably around seven and the sun was setting. Staci was behind the counter with the cigarette cases and lottery ticket display beside the cash register, restocking and getting ready to close the express. There were no vehicles (besides her little red car) or customers, so she kept her back to the door, completing her closing tasks.

Then, in comes a customer—Staci turns to greet them, but it wasn’t a customer and she was face to face with a man wearing a mask and the barrel of a .45. He demanded that she open the cash register. She put her hands up: “Alright. Don’t shoot.” He rounded the end of the long counter, pointing the gun at her and told her open the register, then turn around and walk into the back room.


Staci opened the register, then turned her back to the robber.


She told me later that at this point, she knew he was going to shoot her because she had taken a good look at him regardless of the mask. Before Staci moved, he told her stay in the backroom for 15 minutes after she heard the door chime (open and close, like most gas station doors). She walked into the backroom and held her breath.

She heard him empty the register, take a few things, and then quiet.


Then the door chimed.


As soon as the second chime (when the door closed) she immediately scrambled to the nearest phone and called police.

Now before you say, “well, she was working at a cash station—they are more likely to get robbed.” Well, imagine any job that deals with all manners of people—regardless of background or history. It is better to be armed and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Staci sure wished she had been carrying.



Have you ever been in a situation where you wish you had your pistol? Was it because of the situation or because of a threat?