The Indiana Rangers were a rough and tough band of men and women who were well-trained and ready to protect new settlers and tradesmen. They were forerunners of the popular Texas Rangers, of whom I am an honorary member and on whom I based my television series "Walker, Texas Ranger."
I think the Hoosier State and the rest of the country saw the spirit of the Indiana Rangers resurrect this past week in the Fort Wayne resident and feisty grandmother Melinda Walker.
Walker was asleep in her town house with her 5-year-old grandson this past Sunday, when she was awakened by three male robbers, who were demanding cash and her flat-screen TV, according to The Blaze.
The men said they had a gun and threatened to take it out and use it. One of the robbers kept saying, "She doesn't think we have a gun. Take it out and clean it on her," Walker told WANE-TV.
She feared for her grandson's safety, she said. "All I thought of was, 'You're getting away from my grandson.'"
So in the midst of the assault, Walker grabbed a nearby miniature toy guitar, which accompanies her grandson's "Guitar Hero" game, and began swinging it at the intruders.
She explained: "I just reached down and picked it up, and I told them to get the hell out of my house. 'Get out of my house! Get out of my house!'" She added, "I just kept smacking one of them."
As the robbers backed up toward her stairwell, Walker shoved the one man "that wouldn't shut up," and he flew halfway down the stairs.
The thugs were up against an indefensible American institution: a grandmother! They knew they had met their match, so all three men fled empty-handed.
Walker reminds me of some tenets that our Founding Fathers rooted in the early republic: the right to protect life, limb and property, as well as the right to bear arms in the Second Amendment.
Founder Samuel Adams, delegate to the First Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence and governor of Massachusetts, said, "Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can."
Richard Henry Lee, another signer of the Declaration of Independence and a framer of the Second Amendment, wrote: "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."