Please allow me to clarify one vital misunderstanding that continues to plague our society today.
Gun owners, and all of those who support our Second Amendment rights, are just as sick, heartbroken, and disturbed about "gun violence" as those who would strip us of our inalienable right to protect ourselves from this (and all other forms of) violence, which are perpetrated throughout the world every day. We do not relish in the idea of being prepared to end a life. We are not taking the lethal force we hold in our hands, or holstered on our hip, lightly. The protection of life (mine, yours, and any other innocent bystander) weighs heavily on our hearts every moment of every day.
To assume and state otherwise is merely displaying your lack of understanding of who we are and your lack of compassion for what we are prepared to do at a moments notice; putting our life and training in between all innocents and any who wish to harm them.
Next time you are speaking to a civilian who carries, open or concealed, try thinking for just a moment about what they are doing, and why they are doing it. They carry the weight of responsibility like no other civilian. They receive no hazard pay, no pension, no glory, but they are willing to step up and end a violent conflict just because they have seen what violence of all forms can do. And, they have decided to act instead of wish, protect instead of mourn, and defend instead of die.
A violent act is a horrible thing. Likewise, standing aside and watching without attempting to defend an innocent life is utter cowardice.
We carry, train, and take responsibility because we hate gun violence, as well as violence of every kind, just as much as you do. We are just a group of people who are realistic that it happens every day and we have decided to say, "Not on my watch."
Growing up we had guns in the home but "girls" did not shoot guns because it wasn't very lady like according to my mom and she is afraid of guns. My dad showed me a little bit didn't press the issue as to not go against my mom.
Many people do not know my why story and I am taking a risk and sharing my story now. I used to be in a very abusive relationship both physically and mentally and I assumed it was normal. I did the common thing of hiding bruises and everything else because defending myself made it worse. It wasn't until one of my children were brought into the situation that I realized how bad it was and then after the rape it brought it even more clear. I didn't know how to protect myself or where to go from there.
One of my guy friends told me, “listen up woman no more; I'm teaching you how to protect yourself weather you like it or not.” He took me to the gun range and I can tell you I was nervous until I felt that steel in my hands. I suddenly had and instant feeling of safety and a way that I could one day defend myself if I needed. The first shot was pure bliss! I cannot say enough how much I loved shooting for the very first time.
After the first time shooting I instantly went to a local gun store to purchase my first gun. I can tell you the gentleman wasn't the most pleasant because I was a woman in there by myself and he just thought I wanted something pretty. Well first off who doesn't want something pretty especially if it's a good quality gun. I purchased a .40 Taurus and it has been my baby ever since! Not only is it a bigger gun compared to some but I have the most confidence with that gun and I believe that is something that is very important when owning a gun and depending on that gun to not only protect yourself but your family as well.
It seems like I had an urge to tell people hey if you need a stress reliever go to the range but they never knew how deep it was for me because many thought I just liked to blow off a few hundred rounds for the fun of it. Yes it was for the fun of it but it was also for the protection of being able to trust that gun with my life if I needed it to.
It wasn't until a great woman shared this group with me and told me her why story that I thought I might be able to make a difference with being apart of this group. I now have the confidence to share my why and to encourage anyone out there that it is their right to not only carry a gun but to also defend your family by any means possible under the 2nd amendment.
I will always encourage anyone and everyone to carry if they want and to also show new shooters the amazing feeling it is to be able to have the power to not only be a woman shooter but to enhance your skills so if the moment came, you could defend yourself and not become a victim. I refuse to be a victim any longer and will always protect my way of life to the best of my ability. It is our role to not only be role models to other women to give them the strength and encouragement that the may need but to also show our daughters how to be strong powerful women as well.
I'm having a difficult time forming my thoughts into sentences regarding the blatant terrorist attack on American soil resulting in the murder of four US Marines and the injury of another yesterday.
There are many things that I'd like to say. Many things I'd love to make people understand about disarming those who have given their lives as a blank check to protect us from all enemies foreign and domestic. There is an evil that has infiltrated and infected our country, which in the name of "tolerance" we have conceded to through political correctness and turning a blind eye. There are countless people, groups, organizations, and legislation that hold partial blame for this tragedy and all like it.
However, at this moment my heart is too busy grieving for this substantial and senseless loss. My prayers are with these Marines, their families, friends, their brothers and sisters in the military, and our nation as a whole.
The United States Marine Corps holds a special place in my heart as my three favorite Marines I also call Nephew. As their aunt I have prepared myself (as much as anyone can) that there may come a time where I received the dreaded call that they have given their life in defense of their countrymen. However, the knowledge that once again our brave warriors were slaughtered in cold blood in their homeland is overwhelming.
These men and women selflessly and knowingly take it upon themselves to risk their lives to protect us, as a nation, and how have we repaid them? We have stripped them of their most basic and fundamental (Second Amendment protected) right to protect themselves. It is a travesty and we should be ashamed of ourselves as a nation for allowing this happen.
Today, July 1, 2015 is the day when the Constitutional Carry law (SB45) goes into effect in the state of Kansas. As you may recall, Governor Sam Brownback signed the Constitutional Carry bill back in April, giving American citizens, over the age of 21, the right to carry a concealed weapon without a permit within the Kansas borders.
That means that any law abiding citizen, from any state, who is eligible to possess a firearm under state and federal law, and who is 21 years of age or older can carry both open or concealed weapons.
However, there are some stipulations. It will continue to be illegal to conceal or open carry a weapon without a permit within a school zone. Likewise, we must continue to respect the gun-free zone signage on places of business, both government and personal, property. However, in the state of Kansas, the most a place of business can do if they notice you carry a weapon past their sign is ask you to leave. There are no charges to be held against you, unless of course you do not leave when asked; then you could be charged with criminal trespassing. So, it's best to be polite and simply take your business to their competitor who doesn't try to impede on your inalienable right to self defense.
There are still many valid reasons to go through the process of getting your concealed carry permit (36 of those reasons are the states of which Kansas has reciprocity with). Other reasons include, but are not limited to, carrying concealed within a school zone and expediting the background check process when purchasing a firearm.
Even if you choose not to ever obtain a concealed carry permit I urge you to continue training if you will be carrying weapons or if you spend time around people who do. There are hundreds of courses, classes, and private lessons available here in Kansas. Ask around at your local gun shops, outdoor retail stores, firing ranges, and gunsmiths. Chances are you will find a fit that's right for you in no time. Also, take advantage of the Train Me Kansas program which is designed specifically to find a class or instructor near you. You can find more information at www.trainmeks.com
Speaking as a lifelong Kansas resident, please enjoy your freedoms, exercise your rights, be prepared, be alert, be safe, and Carry On!
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