Why This Woman Carries a Firearm

U1122527This is a derivation of a very well written piece by “Syd” on a fellow blog.  I felt that it was very indicative of many of the reasons why sensible people do carry a firearm, but I felt that it needed some insight spiced with a tad bit of estrogen.  J

I carry a firearm to ensure my children are educated about firearm safety, not the victims of some other child’s (or adult’s) ignorance. 

I know that the best way to teach a child about firearm safety is to remove the air of mystery from it and truly educate them about the “when’s” “why’s” and “how’s” of a firearm.  I know that if I am not educated on the use of a firearm then, should I come across one in the hands of a child, my ignorance may add to a dangerous situation instead of eliminating it.

I carry a firearm because I know what looks good on me—confidence. Possessing the ability to defend one’s self has an amazing affect on confidence. The opposite of confidence is fear.  I’ve discovered that fear masks a great deal of my wonderful attributes, such as kindness, love, and charity.  When I’m more confident, I’m a much better person to share with everyone else in my life. 

I carry a firearm because I don’t trust my “gift of the gab.”  As great as I am at talking to complete strangers in ideal circumstances, it’s unlikely to do me any good against someone intent on causing me harm.  However, there is a great deal of research that says a firearm is a much stronger negotiator than I could ever hope to be.  

mother-children1I carry a firearm because I am a mother (or an aunt, grandmother, sister)—a calling which I take very seriously.  As a mother I have no other more critical responsibility than to take care of myself AND those entrusted in my care.  Should something threaten to eliminate me from this earth and my influence upon my children, or threaten to remove them from my arms of love, I am sufficiently armed and adept to ensure this does not happen.  If some harm does come to my children, it will not be because I could not overcome my own fears or foolish prejudices.  I cannot stop everything awful from happening to them, but I can ensure that I am the best prepared to stop most. Only then are my hands clean before my Maker, knowing that I truly did my best to protect them.  In doing so, not only do I raise my children well, but I give them a chance to do the same with their own families. 

I carry a firearm to help the nation I live and raise my family in to be strong and secure.  Protection of a nation begins with protection of an individual.  What good is sending my husband, father, brother or son off to fight in a war—whether in a foreign nation or within our cities—if I’m not willing to do my part to protect our nation as well?  This nation is strong only because of our freedom.  I carry a firearm to ensure I keep my freedom should someone else attempt to usurp it.   

criminal1I carry a firearm because I know my physical limits.  While I may run the equivalent of several miles every day and work out regularly to strengthen my muscles, none of this prepares me sufficiently for a violent encounter.  Whether I like it or not, the prospect of a 6’4”, 280-pound, drug-crazed criminal acting against my freedom is realistic.  A good right hook or kick to the groin, however well planted it may be, may just be the provocation my assailant needs to kill me.  That’s unacceptable—unacceptable that the criminal’s actions against me could eliminate my freedom to live.  I’m not willing to gamble with the use of weaker forms of defense.  A firearm may be exactly what I need to stop the assailant because I fight back to win unequivocally, not to wonder if I have done enough.

I carry a firearm because I prefer my close encounters to be for love, not fighting.  I prefer to never have to remember the alcohol and drug-induced breath, or the color of rage in the assailant’s eyes, or the feel of his powerful fists against my head.  Instead I prefer to let the bullet do the fighting for me.  I believe I will be much more sane after such an encounter.  

911-phone1I carry a firearm because I hate waiting and wondering.  Given the number of police officers who work in any community at any given time, I know that the number of criminal offenses out-number law enforcement an average of 10 to 1.  Only after I’ve done my part to ensure my safety do I wait on 911, instead of relegating my safety to the unlikely odds that someone else can defend me in my time of need.

I carry a firearm because I am an independent woman, not a statistic.  I refuse to be weak, afraid, and naïve and insist on mastering my domain by asserting my time and talents to take responsibility for my own safety and peace of mind.  Too many women are statistics of crime rather then examples of strength.  The only one that can stop this false impression from perpetuating further is me.  

purse-firearm2I carry a firearm because as a woman, I’m all about being prepared.  That’s the reason why I never let my gas tank go down below half, never open the door to someone I don’t know, and I never give out my credit card number to someone I didn’t call… just in case.  If you were to look in my purse you would see band-aids (just in case) lipstick, face powder, hair brush, and hair spray (even though I leave my home properly made up… it’s just in case), more cash that I would ever think to use in a day (just in case), a fuel credit card even though I don’t believe in using credit… just in case… and a small sewing kit with safety pins… just in case.  Suffice it to say that I rarely use my “just in case” items, but I sure hate being without them when I need them.  If you were to delve further into my handbag you would also find a knife, an Asp, red-dyed pepper spray and a firearm with a spare magazine.  You guessed it…just in case.  

I carry a firearm because as a woman I have the privilege of giving life.  That’s right.  I don’t carry a gun to take life, but to ensure that it’s fully given to those who choose to live.

 

Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved.
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20 Responses

  1. [...] Why She Carries Syd wrote a wonderful piece titled “I Don’t Carry A Gun.” Kellene wrote a, I guess you could call it a companion piece, titled “Why This Woman Carries A Firearm.” [...]

  2. Wow, this is beautiful. I’m speechless.

  3. [...] of Hsoi has written a beautiful variation HERE. Gun chicks, be sure to check it [...]

  4. [...] Secretlivesofscientists’s Weblog {March 17, 2009}   Read of the day Why this woman carries a firearm – by Kellene of Woman of Calibur [...]

  5. Excellent!

  6. Kellene:
    Wonderfully said.
    (and I WILL show this to my wife)

    God bless you, dear…you truly “get it”.!

    Stay safe out there.

    B.G.

  7. All good points, well made. Thank you.

  8. So Eloquently said!!! Thank you.

  9. Thank you for this article. I completely agree, I hope you didn’t take the article I posted the wrong way. I am very grateful for women like you who will stand up for themselves. I also plan to show this to the women in my life that are not very pro gun. Hopefully it will help change their minds.

  10. [...] Why This Woman Carries a Firearm I carry a firearm because I am a mother (or an aunt, grandmother, sister)—a calling which I take very seriously. As a mother I have no other more critical responsibility than to take care of myself AND those entrusted in my care. [...]

  11. [...] Why this woman carries a gun: I dont carry a gun to take life, but to ensure that its fully given to those who choose to live. [...]

  12. Great piece. Well done! I am going to have to send a few folks this way to read it. . .

  13. formidable site this womenofcaliber.wordpress.com great to see you have what I am actually looking for here and this this post is exactly what I am interested in. I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor :)

  14. I write for several other sites, but always under my own name. This is the only site in which I write firearm related topics. Are you with CSI or something? :-)

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  16. Great! If only everyone could see the common sense of this article!

  17. “How to convince my wife to carry a gun” would be a wonderful topic.
    Her stance is this. (her) “I would rather be killed then take someone elses life.” how do you respond to that?

    • I agree; I should write an article specifically dealing with that, though I have addressed it in the body of other articles, it would be beneficial to highlight it specifically. Thanks for pushing me along.

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