Since the Mumbai terrorist attacks, there has been a lot of chatter in the blogosphere about whether or not a citizen armed with a handgun could have made a difference against men armed with rifles.
Allow me to remind you of someone - Jeanne Assam. With training, her 9mm Beretta and just 10 rounds, she stopped a man armed with a rifle and intent on mass murder.
In my search for information on Ms. Assam, I found this remarkable interview, where she walks a reporter through the church describing what happened. I have watched it a number of times and my reaction is always, "Wow. She is the epitome of a sheepdog."* and I decide all over again that she is one of my personal heroes.
Jeanne Assam's story should remind us all that we can never know when our day to make a difference might come.
*On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. Read it now if you haven't before, or read it again if you haven't in a long time. It's one of the things that made me who I am today.