I was never a big fan of weapons, until I got married and moved South. Thank God I escaped Leftist Stockholm Syndrome.
My family was never big into weapons, even though we grew up on the farm. Tragically, I think much of it stemmed from a close relative who died in a hunting accident. Also, several favorite political figures of my family were cut down by assassin’s bullets in the 1960’s. With a background like that, who would want weapons?
However, the military gave me a healthy exposure to weapons, along with being stationed in the Great State of Texas. A few years later, I moved to another Virginia and got married.
In the South I saw a whole different way of looking at weapons. While in New York, there were people who had weapons, the South showed me, for the first time, women who carried weapons on their person. It was intriguing. I also thought it would look mighty good on my wife.
Also very important to me was noticing the crime rate in these new areas I lived in. While there was crime in the South, and my liberal buddies would likely point to isolated cases while missing a larger picture, the crime rate overall was lower. It was easy to see why the crime rate was so low; seemingly half the population was carrying a pistol and in public. If I was a criminal, there was no way I was going to try and harm these people; they would take care of my life a lot faster than the justice system.
One of the tenants of modern liberal thought I was brought up with was diversity even though many who said those things looked down on the South. However wanting to practice the principles I preached I watched, listened, and learned. They were doing it right.
Then I got married and things really changed (of course always for the better). It occurred to me that any criminal could easily catch my comings and goings, especially if I was out of town. Who would take care of my wife if someone tried to hurt her and she was home alone, for she was brought up in the same culture I was? Alarms are nice but not everyone can afford monthly payments. Alarms are also prone to false alarms, which charge more money and most importantly, criminals only need about 20-30 seconds at most to inflict major damage on a home. A criminal smart enough to know comings and goings is one smart enough to move and act quickly. A criminal will be less likely to break in and harm a woman if they think, “this is a town where the women are armed.”
It also bothered me, greatly, that those politicians and public figures who told the vast majority of people that guns were evil were the same people who had police protection or private security. Liberalism was supposed to be for the underdog, not the elite. Most of those who act with intent to harm the rich and powerful do not care if they are caught. The person who harms your wife does not want to get caught, especially by a gun toting red blooded American.
Weapons free zones sound nice but they are a joke; a deadly joke. If I was a criminal I am already breaking the law when I commit whatever crime I was planning. A gun free zone makes an even better target. This is the way evil people think. Sadly, I learned that in Afghanistan and Iraq when thugs ruled the streets and didn’t stop until the citizens armed themselves and performed their own presence patrols.
The state of how we feel about guns is apparent in the most righteous of gun uses. One of the questions asked whenever a father kills someone who is molesting their child or an old lady shoots an armed attacker is, “Are they going to be charged with a crime?” The questions should be, “Where is their medal and can we attend the ceremony?”
People should not fear their weapons and if anything we should encourage the arming of the American people, especially the women, for the Americans are a fundamentally decent people. They can be trusted. The bad guys count on us not trusting women with weapons. Tell the women of the Old West they shouldn’t have had a weapon when their man was away on the cattle drive.
Leftist gun control, in its ultimate progressive form, is anti-woman. The leftist leadership sought to create an entire generation of woman who would be independent yet not independent enough, and trustworthy enough, to carry their own firearms. Instead they could count on the government for that too. It did not add up. Of course the leftist leadership was protected while saying this. It will never add up.
People should not have to live in fear, whether it is fear of crime or fear of guns. Plus it is our right and if it was important enough to be in the Constitution, it is important enough to teach every American lady.
I am thankful for those who taught me a diverse opinion; a right opinion, pun intended. I am thankful for those who are man enough to say that we should teach woman about firearms.
*Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not any government agency.