Well, obviously, that is simply not true. There many reasons to carry a gun and each is as personal to their owner as their choice of gun they carry.
A few days ago I requested that our volunteers here at 1MMAGC finish the following statement to give some insight as to why they choose to carry a gun.
Here are a few of the responses from real women who take this whole "I'm not a victim" thing seriously.
I carry a gun because:
"The gun is the great equalizer." -Jennifer L.
"I care." -Mary S.
"I worked in Emergency Medicine & have seen what can happen to people with no means to defend themselves. And, my protective order is just a piece of paper & the police can be a very long 10 minutes away." -Erica S.
"my life depends on it." -Johnda C.
"I can!" -Valetta C.
"It's silly not to" -Beth B.
"Why wouldn't I?" -Sandi Y.
"The safety of myself and my family is ultimately my responsibility. I refuse to become a victim by waiting for someone else to protect us." -Ronda H.
"I refuse to be a victim anymore, it is my right to not only protect myself but to also protect my children!!" -Morgan N.
"it gives me a fighting chance against someone who would do me or my loved ones harm." -C. S.
"I don't want fear to control my schedule. If I want to go to the dog park at 0200, I should have a means to make myself feel safe doing so." E. S.
"the cops are usually late to the party." -Faye W.
"I am responsible for my family's safety." -Lisa B.
"It is my right. Because I won't let anyone harm me or my family without a fight." -Denise M.
"I have a responsibility to my family to come home." -Dani N.
Now, you tell me, do these women sound scared and angry to you?
To any rational person, these women sound confident and determined to live their lives without paranoia. They refuse to shrink in fear from the unknown.
These women, these moms, daughters, sisters, aunts, wives, and beloved friends, have different reasons to carry, but there is one common thread throughout all of their responses. They each understand, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they are valuable. They cannot be replaced. They each believe it is not only their unalienable right, but also their personal responsibility, to protect themselves from any who would choose to attempt to rob them off their life and well being.
So, yes, I do carry a gun. I am absolutely one of those girls and I make no apologies for it. I am confident, strong, valuable, and my life is worth protecting. I am not paranoid. I am prepared!
Check out Rebecca on Cam&Co talking about this piece here:
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