Two years ago on Mother’s Day, I opened the most beautifully wrapped package, and there she was. I told my husband she was all I really wanted for my gift that year, and he certainly didn’t disappoint.
She and I have been very best friends ever since. I call her “Miss Sunshine” because she brightens my day just knowing she’s always there if I need her. She practically goes everywhere I go, and I always feel safe when she’s around. After having a terrifying incident occur in my typically “safe” neighborhood, I knew that I not only wanted “Miss Sunshine,” but I also needed her. I needed to know that I could protect myself, and my children if my husband couldn’t be there to protect us. It’s that simple.
“Miss Sunshine” is a hammerless Smith & Wesson .38 Special with a pretty pink handgrip. And, she fits absolutely perfect in my pretty pink pocketbook!
I took a Concealed Weapons Course to learn how to operate her safely and properly, and so that I could legally carry her ‘on my person’ if I liked (which I usually do).
Apparently, I am not the only woman who is packing “Miss Sunshine” these days. According to a number of different studies, there are at least 15 million female gun owners in the United States. In my own state of South Carolina, the growth rate of gun ownership among women gets higher every year, as does the number of women getting a Concealed Weapons Permit.
Several years ago, before I ever owned a firearm, I was physically assaulted in a mall parking lot. I managed to escape relatively unharmed only because someone happened to drive into the parking lot, see I was in danger, and helped rescue me. I was lucky that day. However, there is one thing that still stands out so very vividly in my mind to this day–my attacker was pretty small in stature, but his brute strength left me feeling completely powerless beneath him (and I’m not exactly a fragile little flower…you can ask my boot camp instructor).
The benefit of a woman carrying a concealed weapon is that it ‘levels the field’ against a male attacker who may be much stronger than her. If I would have been carrying a gun the day I was attacked, I bet my attacker would have never gotten anywhere near me.
Thankfully, in the United States the Second Amendment gives every law-abiding American the right to defend his or her own life, as well as the lives of his or her family members. Our Right to Bear Arms is a very beautiful gift included in our Founding documents. And the proper role of our government is to ‘secure’ this right at all costs.
Yet, with every single gun-related tragedy, the gun-ban advocates immediately begin screaming for stricter gun laws on all Americans, including the law-abiding ones. Every time a crazy maniac commits a crime with a firearm, the Left-leaning media and Liberal lawmakers want to take “Miss Sunshine” away from me (the law-abiding citizen), and rob me of my right to protect my own children.
Sadly, the latest tragedy involves a very talented NFL football player. Jovan Belcher had been an underdog who became a rising star as a leading linebacker of the Kansas City Chiefs. However, his success came to a horrific end last Saturday when he used a gun to take his girlfriend’s life and his own, leaving their 3-month-old daughter behind.
Again, it didn’t take gun-control brigade very long to jump on the bandwagon and want to start “policing” firearms of all Americans. Responding to Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide, infamous NBC sportscaster Bob Costas relied on a column by writer Jason Whitlock, formerly of the Kansas City Star, to make his gun-control argument on national television. Costas quoted:
“‘Our current gun culture,’ Whitlock wrote, ‘ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy. And more convenience store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead. Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here,’ wrote Jason Whitlock, ‘is what I believe — if Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Cassandra Perkins would both be alive today.’”
In reality, gun-control advocates like Bob Costas are attaching the hatred and violence within humans to lifeless piece of metal known as a “firearm”. Even my “Miss Sunshine” is a lifeless chunk of metal that has no anger, no hatred, and no tendency for violence. The potential for those things can only be found in human beings.
Yet, without question, weapons like my pretty pink pistol are indispensible when it comes to restraining the evil intentions of burglars, rapists, robbers, murderers, and tyrants. In fact, research shows the states that allow citizens to carry concealed weapons typically have lower crime rates. The Cato Institute recently wrote, “If policymakers are truly interested in harm reduction, they should pause to consider how many crimes—murders, rapes, assaults, robberies—are thwarted each year by ordinary persons with guns.”
In spite of overwhelming statistics in favor of private gun ownership, those who are “uncomfortable” around guns still want to ban them altogether. Many people still consider guns as inherently evil, and there are several organizations dedicated to dismantling the Second Amendment, including the United Nations.
Unfortunately, gun haters simply don’t understand that the evil is not in the weapon— the evil is in human beings. If a gun hater actually held a loaded gun in his or her own hand, could they be completely honest with themselves and admit that the mere presence of the weapon causes their own dark emotions to stir, and their own violent tendencies to arise? They’d rather avoid the existence of their own hate, anger, and violence… and blame the gun as the ultimate source of evil instead.
Indeed, guns can certainly bring to the surface the buried potential for violence that exists inside an angry person. So, it is no wonder a gun is an easy scapegoat by people who aren’t ready to face their own darkness.
Clearly, a loaded gun can be used as a tool to conduct an evil act. Just merely squeezing the trigger can end a human life. A firearm can also be used as a tool without even being fired to terrorize and to force others into doing acts against their will. Yet, it’s not the gun that commits the crime, but the person who uses it with the intention for harm.
So, when Lawmakers start taking guns away from law-abiding citizens, they are empowering angry, hate-filled criminals and leaving the good guys completely helpless. Criminals are criminals. They will still get their weapons with or without strict gun laws. It’s the good guys who are harmed by these laws.
On the other hand, “securing” the Second Amendment actually empowers law-abiding citizens, simply by allowing them to their right to bear arms. When criminals know the good guys are also armed, they are often deterred from committing their crimes. As a result, crime rates drop. Exhaustive research has proven this time and time again.
It is the duty of our elected officials to “secure” the Second Amendment for their citizens. If they fail to do so, it is up to us law-abiding citizens to bid them farewell. Otherwise, it’s our own fault.
At the end of the day, my life and my children’s lives do not even belong to me (or them, for that matter). Our lives belong to God. To allow my life or their lives to be taken because I failed to protect them is simply wrong on my part. That’s why I take “Miss Sunshine” very seriously (as I do the officials I elect into office to protect my right to carry her with me). I am accountable to God for defending my life and the lives of my children. Even though she’s just a piece of metal, “Miss Sunshine” is the pretty pink pistol I use for our protection. What is your concealed weapon of choice?