Over the past two years, my heart and mind have returned to Aug. 19, 2015, many times. On that day, a friend completed officer-involved suicide in front of a small church in Western North Carolina. Knowing a great deal more about the circumstances that preceded this tragic event, I have considered what might have changed the outcome.
I know about the valuable care extended to Wade [Baker of Clyde] through the Asheville VA, the care extended by his family and the care extended through community-based nonprofits. If I could alter just one thing, it would be the availability of a community gun safe, a place where friends or family members could store guns until circumstances had calmed. If, on that single day in August 2015, Wade had no firearm, additional time to drive more resources to Wade may have been possible.
Until today, I watched silently as so many in our country voiced their position on firearms. [Recently], my attention was drawn to sheriff-candidate Daryl Fisher, whose comments at a recent campaign event in Asheville were highlighted in national media. What impressed me was the professional manner in which Mr. Fisher conducted himself, both publicly and privately, subsequent to the wide circulation of that video.
True leadership is visible only when a leader faces challenges. Mr. Fisher has not only secured my vote in support of his campaign for office, his actions have inspired me to be more forward in expressing my own positions on gun control.
— Nicole Shumate