So…. apparently I have gotten some heat with the fact a few days ago I posted some photos of myself shooting a 9mm gun at a range with my husband.
I wasn’t really going to get into this debate… since well, Im not much for debating because I honestly do not have the time to do so… however, the more and more I hear of people thinking “guns” are the problem, the more I want to share my thoughts.
So! Seeing as I am alone… in my home with 4 little boys to protect, I would like to share why I believe having a gun is a good thing.
Growing up I do not remember my dad having a gun. Besides a simple BB Gun to play with and shoot cans from across our yard, we just never were exposed to much of that. My husband grew up on a farm however, where he had full access to guns since birth. In fact his dad had a rifle case full! Guns for him were the norm. For me, not so much.
When we got married we were living in a small country house 20 minutes from anything… and my husband was working nights as a security officer, while he finished up his masters degree in school. Because of this and the fact I was pregnant with my 1st son Caleb, he purchased me our 1st gun, a 38 special revolver.
The thought of having it during those late nights alone at home in the dark of that house… were comforting… I as a new mother soon after did have fears of having guns in the house with children though.
We were safe about it and kept our guns out of reach from our small children… and even used a safe at times (the kind that opens with a key code). We knew keeping it any place our kids could get to was a no no. My uneasiness I know came from my lack of education and handling of a gun.
Now that my husbands job, guns are becoming even more visible in our home. Because our boys are getting older, we are having to be very up front and honest with them about guns and the safety regarding them.
Our children realize guns can kill a person.
They realize they are not toys.
Their blue nerf guns are. The ones Mommy and Daddy have, are not.
My husband wears his gun at all times. I will soon carry mine in my diaper bag (I am waiting on my concealed permit to come, its processing). We both keep a gun in our closet as well.
We are safe with them… but we also are teaching our boys about them. Obviously Owen who is 2 does not comprehend gun safety. Taite who is 6 does but he is to young to handle a gun. Caleb who is 8 has a lot more understanding and because of this we have actually allowed him to shoot the gun at a range, with proper safety. Disagree or not, we believe if you leave a boy to their own “curiosity…” and never “teach them” – that is when accidents happen.
So! All this being said.
I want to share two very clear examples as to why we keep a gun in our home and on us.
Here is story #1: It is about a 14 year old boy, who was left to baby sit his 3 other brothers, while his parents went out for a couple hours. This is not uncommon! Parents do this all the time once their oldest is responsible enough. I remember staying alone at age 13 often. While he was there though he was put into the situation where someone came to break into their home… he hid his siblings, and got his fathers pistol. The intruder broke through the door, aimed a gun at this boy and the boy then SHOT the intruder almost killing the man. This boy did exactly what I would want my child to do in this situation. Because this family had a gun in the home to use for their protection, that 14 year old boy is alive today as well as his 3 other brothers. Had they not had a gun, we may have 4 dead kids.
Story #2: A Georgia Mom is at home and in the middle of the day while home with her twin girls, someone breaks into their house. She hides w/ the girls in a crawlspace/closet area… and this man rummages through her home. Eventually he makes his way to the closet where they were hiding and the mom is face to face with him. She then shoots him 5 times, which results in him falling to the ground…. she then tells the man if he moves she will shoot him even more. She then flees with her girls and goes to safety.
Two perfect examples of proper gun use and why we should be free to have them in our homes to protect our loved ones.
People often times bring up events like Sandy Hook and talk about the need to ban guns in order to “prevent” things like that from happening.
If you look at history though it shows that taken guns does the exact opposite!
You can even look at areas today that do ban concealed weapons and those areas have a higher crime rate than the states that allow it. Coincidence?
Lets take a look back to the future for a sec:
1. In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915-1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves against their ethnic-cleansing government, were arrested and exterminated.
2. In 1929, the former Soviet Union established gun control as a means of controlling the “more difficult” of their citizens. From 1929 to the death of Stalin, 40 million Soviets met an untimely end at the hand of various governmental agencies as they were arrested and exterminated.
3. After the rise of the Nazi’s, Germany established their version of gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, and others, who were unable to defend themselves against the “Brown Shirts”, were arrested and exterminated.
4. After Communist China established gun control in 1935, an estimated 50 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves against their fascist leaders, were arrested and exterminated.
5. Closer to home, Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayans, unable to defend themselves against their ruthless dictatorship, were arrested and exterminated.
6. Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves from their dictatorial government, were arrested and exterminated.
7. Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million of the “educated” people, unable to defend themselves against their fascist government, were arrested and exterminated.
8. In 1994, Rwanda disarmed the Tutsi people and being unable to defend themselves from their totalitarian government, nearly one million were summarily executed.
The total numbers of victims who lost their lives because of gun control is approximately 70 million people in the 20th century.
You can go on and do more research on this history.
If guns were banned, people would still get them. Exactly like people get drugs that are illegal. It isnt the guns themselves that are the problem.
Had the teachers at the Sandy Hook school had fire arms with them, all those kids would not have died. It is a sad truth that we live in the time that a teacher would have to carry a gun… but if someone can walk into a school or break through a window and have free reign on a bunch of students because no one is allowed to carry a gun themselves… it is CRYSTAL CLEAR what the problem is!
My heart breaks for those sweet children… I felt like I was in a fog for weeks after that event… even though I didnt know a single one of them, my heart broke for those families. I just hate that people are using an event like that and thinking that banning guns will stop it from happening again.
We need to protect our children… and ourselves.
and I am sorry if people are offended by the fact we own guns. I will not apologize for owning one though. I am glad we do.