Sunday, November 21, 2010

Keep and Bear

When the founders of our nation wrote the pivotal documents on which this country was formed, the 2nd amendment (not the 3rd or 4th – the 2nd) states that we as citizens would maintain the right to keep and bear arms. This right shall not be infringed. It says that. Shall. Not. Be. Infringed.
          If you have seen me somewhere besides my workplace in the past two years, know and understand that I have been armed. More often than not, it’s a .40 Glock 27 strapped to my hip equipped with a Crimson Trace laser, Gold Dot hollow points, and a small laser etched Batman insignia. Don’t be afraid of this. It is my right as an American citizen to carry this wherever I go; and I do it legally. Not only is it my right, to me, I view it as a responsibility. I need to be armed so that I can protect myself and my family. I refuse to be a victim – at least an easy one. As the saying goes, “When seconds matter, police are only minutes away.” That is not a risk I am willing to accept.
          I took my concealed carry class at Eagle Outdoor in 2006. It was 2008 before I finally got my permit because I never quite understood why I was doing it. I look at the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans where people were armed and taking whatever they please from wherever they wanted. That’s not something I will allow to happen to me. People are mugged daily. I’m prepared. I do not go out looking for a fight, nor do I relish the idea of having to use my weapon to protect myself, but I have come to the realization that if it’s me or them, I’m going to be the one left standing.
          As citizens of the great country we should all take the opportunity to arm and train ourselves. We have a unique freedom in the United States and we need to take responsibility for it and for our own safety. Any law abiding citizen should be able to carry a firearm. That’s not true in all states, but it is in Kentucky, so to any of you in Kentucky; you should go get the training and carry to protect you and yours.
          Don’t misunderstand my statements; I firmly believe in our police forces. They are there to do a job and most of them do it well, but when it comes down to my life, I’m the only one qualified to act. I’m not out there trying to be a hero. If I come home and someone is in my house robbing it, as long as my family is safe, I’m calling the cops instead of going in to force a confrontation – but I am prepared for a confrontation.
          Being armed is a right, a privilege, and a responsibility that I take great comfort in. I know that not matter what comes my way, I am more prepared to deal with it and if you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning, you know what preparedness means to me.


  1. I agree - it is the right of every law-abiding citizen to arm themselves (with proper training and certification). I have no problem keeping guns in my home as long as I know gun and bullets are not within reach of anyone not old enough or smart enough to know not to touch them. I admit that I don't like handguns. I've never been around them, my dad never had one and I'd prefer not to have one in my house, let alone carry one around. But again, that's my preference. Doesn't bother me at all if you do. And I too wouldn't have any problem ending the life of someone who is trying to break into my home and get me or my family. Good riddance.

    HOWEVER- Can we please do a better job in this country of keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals. I believe the right to bear arms should ONLY apply to those citizens who have not committed crimes. I think if you break the law and commit certain crimes (theft, murder, rape, selling serious drugs, etc.)you should lose your right to bear arms. Period.

    And I don't know if everyone should get and carry a gun around just because they can. I know you've met some of these morons that walk the earth - I personally don't want to encourage all of them to walk around with a gun. ;)

    And, I think guns are something that you really should grow up around, learn to handle properly at a young age (not just starting in adulthood) to really be comfortable with and know how to handle. Maybe some people can learn later, but I got my hunting license when I was about 12 - and I'd plan to do the same if I had kids. Sounds bad to some people to be teaching a 12 year old how to handle a firearm, but that may be the best time to teach them the proper respect for them.

    Jennifer C.

  2. Sorry for such a long post! Jeez I had no idea I'd written that much!