Craigslist 1050

by Martha Houle

Craigslist and Facebook deals are my guilty pleasure. I paid a whopping $20 for my most recent purchase: a wooden coffee table with plastic wheels. It was basically trash.

But one person’s trash is another person’s treasure…

Every time I walk into a seller’s house, I’m strapped. For those of you who think this story is about furniture, I’m not talking about tie-downs and bungee cords. As sweet and unassuming as I may look, I’m packing a gun underneath my torn jeans and an old t-shirt.

Over the years, I’ve concealed carried into strangers’ homes without anyone suspecting or asking. Thankfully, I haven’t had an incident or a moment where I felt I might be in danger. Even so, I’ve never second-guessed my decision to protect my life with a concealed firearm when venturing into any uncharted territory.

However, that got me thinking…

How would that play out if I had to shoot someone in their home in self-defense? What if a Craigslist or Facebook garage sale ad was a setup designed to lure unsuspecting women into a trap? What if a deal goes south and the seller suddenly flips out and attacks?

It could happen.

Let’s reverse the situation; would I feel safe if a Craigslist or Facebook buyer showed up at my door carrying concealed? I could unknowingly be inviting an armed criminal, sex offender, or thief into the sanctity of my own home.

I’d like to believe all gun owners are equal. Truth be told, they’re not. As Clint Eastwood put it, “I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”

When Craigslist and Facebook buyers come to look at my treasures, armed or not, I’m wary. I restrict them to the garage and front lawn. At the first sign of unease, I invite them to leave. I concealed carry as we negotiate (as I do throughout my day) wherever it’s legal to do so.

Call me paranoid. I prefer to call myself cautious, sensible even. Then again, I did buy a coffee table with plastic wheels…

Enjoy peace of mind knowing you have U.S. & Texas LawShield on your side the next time you complete an in-person purchase from an online sale. Get protected today!

Born and raised in Texas, Martha Houle is an avid hunter, paralegal and writer. Currently, she resides in Houston, Texas with her family and works at U.S. LawShield as the Director of HunterShield.