Like many of you, I am reading the latest on the concealed carry decision of Kelly McGillis and I am confused. In one post she proclaims that she is no longer willing to be anyone's victim, and with the next, posts memes which promote the Progressive's gun control agenda.
On the surface it seems as if she is another, guns for me but not for thee, celebrity who has been given a free pass to protect her life while the peasants must bleed and die waiting for the police to arrive.
However, having not spoken to her directly, I have no way of knowing if this is the case. I am hoping that we are simply witnessing the transformation of a woman who did not understand the freedom, empowerment, and protection afforded her under the Second Amendment.
I may be a bit naive, or blinded by hope, time will suerly tell if that is the case. Yet, I've seen this transformation happen before, many times. We all start somewhere.
Should you and I, who are actively pro gun rights, immediately attack her for her left-leaning tendencies with harsh words and ultimatums there is a very good chance she will become one of the, I deserve a gun but I can't trust anyone else to have one, people. We do not want that to happen.
Now is the time to show her empathy and support for taking her first step in the direction of the freedom and personal responsibility that is gun ownership. We must use this opportunity to help her learn that we are a community, a family, who believes that EVERYONE should have the ability and freedom to protect themselves and their loved ones. This is the perfect opportunity to prove that we gun owners are in fact the helpful, knowledgeable, education minded people that we are. Remember, #EducationEqualsEmpowerment.
With Ms. McGillis, as well as all other new to the life individuals, and fence sitters, we have a responsibility to teach. Her local firearms instructors and gun shop owners may be on the front-lines of her experience with this new path she has chosen. However, we are their back-up. Each of us, in our daily lives, represents something much bigger than ourselves individually. We represent gun owners. We represent tradition. We represent empowerment. We represent personal accountability and responsibility. We represent freedom. We represent America.
Together, we have changed the direction of the gun narrative through education and determination. Together we have seen our numbers and demographics explode to include those who had previously not been what many think of as a typical gun owner, Second Amendment supporter. Together, we have reclaimed many of our rights and are diligently working to reclaim even more every day.
Please, take this into consideration as you approach this particular situation as well as all the countless ones you see in your personal daily lives. We all know anti-gunners. We all know someone from the younger generation. We all know someone who is sitting on the fence. Take this opportunity to be the person who empowers them through education. Their lives, and our freedom, may depend on it.
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