I had a wonderful time yesterday morning speaking to a room full of women who are part of the Better Half Gun Club, a group that meets monthly at On Target Shooting Range in Laguna Niguel. They learn about gun safety, how to handle various types of firearms, and the rules surrounding gun ownership. They also wanted to know about things going on in the city, and I was happy to provide them updates on everything going on. I was honored to follow Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, who had spoken at previous meetings.
The group was lively and not afraid to ask hard questions. “What are you doing to keep us safe?” “What are crime trends looking like in the city?” “How can we be harder targets for those who might want to do us harm?” I answered these, and many more. We discussed our sheriff department staffing and coverage, our growing neighborhood watch program, and the little tips people always need to be reminded about that make you a harder target – like locking the front door when you leave, locking car doors and taking valuables out of plain sight when in public parking lots, and being aware of your surroundings when out alone at night.
We have a very safe city, but there is always room for improvement. These women were interested in helping keep our city a safe place and their efforts should be applauded.