Sunday, October 5, 2008

judge me if you will...

i am american. i love being american. i love my rights, my freedoms, my ability to exercise these rights. so, hooray, two thumbs up for constitutional rights, everyone!

i am lds. i'd like to think of myself as being faithful although (gasp) i don't really go to church on a regular basis, i don't read my scriptures daily, and i do have a differing opinion as far as some church "policies" go. i.e. i support gay marriage and abortion. (that doesn't mean i AGREE with homosexuality or abortion, but i support the right of choice. people need to be allowed to make their own choices and deal with the consequences of them. who am i to tell them they can't?)

so. back to my constitutional rights. as you can see, i am on the more liberal side of (most) things. but. BUT. until i met my hunky hubby, the "right to bear arms" tidbit didn't really mean a whole lot. (liberal, remember?)

as of yesterday, i am officially in the running for my very own, bona fide concealed carry permit. that's right. if i so choose (after my paperwork is processed, that is) i can carry a firearm hidden in my purse/waistband/back pocket/vehicle/bra strap. so judge me if you wish, leave me nasty comments (which i will probably cry over and delete. so really, don't leave me nasty comments.) dh has been trying to get me to do this for some time. i already carry pepper spray and a citizen's issue taser in my purse (at all times, mind you). i guess when your hubby himself is a gun-totin' right-wing badass who works in the field that he does and is concerned with self-defense that's what you get, right? i love that he is so concerned/border-line obsessed with my safety. makes me feel important. :)

so saturday. i keep going off on tangents here. dh's work had a "special" CCW class for the spouses of employees. so i went. four hours--and i was pretty surprised, actually, with how much i learned and how i enjoyed it. the majority of the students were in fact women. we discussed firearm safety, when it is appropriate to use one, how to handle them, how to teach your children about them, how to secure them from children/people who have no business having weapons, why it is a good idea to carry for self-defense purposes, when you shouldn't carry, how to carry, state laws in reference to firearms, where you can and cannot carry, how to travel with them, alternative self-defense weapons and the pros and cons of said alternative weapons vs. a gun. and let me tell you, it was very informative.

i went into the class thinking it would be a good idea to have this permit for three reasons: 1. when the world comes to an end it will probably be necessary to be able to defend myself and my family. 2. the lives of my child(ren) and husband are much more important to me than anything else, and i will do anything to defend them. 3. it will make my hubby happy. (the family who packs together, stays together! according to him.) i do not, in any way, plan on carrying a firearm with me on a daily basis. even a frequent basis. let's face it, no need when i have my dh with me, and in a lot of cases it's not necessary. but regardless of this--the streets will now be safer because i can carry a firearm and protect the masses if needed. and yes, i do know how to safely use one.

i leave you with one final tidbit. guns do not kill people. it is not the gun's fault that some idiot pulled the trigger when he/she shouldn't have. stupid people, careless people, uninformed people, people who will commit murder with or without a gun (with a knife, a bat, a screwdriver, whatever) kill people. so my fellow liberals, please recognize this fact. we should be working on keeping guns from people who are not responsible enough to use them correctly. not from everyone. it's sad that we have to prepare to defend ourselves against jerks who illegally and inappropriately carry weapons like this.

so. let the judging begin....

7 comments:

Spencer said...

Score one for me!!!! Another "hippie" bites the dust!! :P Just kiddin honey.....

April Showers said...

I would agree that I am on the more liberal side of things as well. To me, gay marriage and abortion are two very different things. I think homosexuals should have the right to choose. But choosing to commit murder is another story. I am a little wary about abortion because it's so difficult to judge. How do we KNOW that someone was raped, you know? If rape was the only way we could allow it, then dozens of irresponsible women would be claiming "rape!" just to get abortions. That and I believe in pregnancy termination if genetic disorders are found.
But I digress. My husband has guns. Everyone in my family has guns and they go hunting and eat nasty Elk steak - whatever. We also have a handgun in the nightstand. I have always been resistant to these. First of all, my husband is an enormous linebacker who knows martial arts, so I am not really afraid. Secondly, you're right in that people will kill if necessary with any weapon. But people don't often get killed by accident with a screwdriver do they? Little billy doesn't usually show his friends daddy's baseball bat, then accidentally smash little Bobby across the forehead with it. Owning a personal handgun is fine, because let's face it this is America. I don't understand why WE need one - but maybe for some punier people without kids it would be okay. All I know is that - along with home defense - gang violence, rape, accidental murders, murders in general, and warfare would be a lot less effective with screwdrivers.

cornnut32 said...

april, you are absolutely right as far as the accidental deaths from a screwdriver goes. unfortunately, if someone breaks into my house with a gun, and i hold up a screwdriver, i'm pretty sure he/she will laugh at me and shoot anyway. how sad it is that we have to prepare for things like that. how terrifying, in fact! and like you, i have a strong hubby. the sad part is that even if someone is big or strong or trained in mma someone is--if they're shot, it doesn't matter. and with recent events in my neighborhood it is all the more real to me. i completely understand your point of view. and i respect it. i guess i'm just at a point in my life where my opinions have changed. and a lot of that, i believe, has to do with the fact that we have a kid now. and kids can be taught to respect (not fear) firearms. and they can be secured. for every parent who is irresponsible, and even for those few who are and the kid still gets to the gun, there are hundreds more where kids don't play with the guns. where they can't get to them. in my opinion, a lot of it has to do with parenting.
and you're right--gay marriage and abortion are two very different things. but i think that debate could go on for years. :)

April Showers said...

Yes. If we could quickly resolve the gay marriage and abortion thing there wouldn't be any problems!

Guns are good and bad and we all know it I guess. But you're right - if someone comes in and shoots my husband in the leg, (or head for that matter) his defenses will be fruitless.

It's a good thing we live in a small town!

P.S. Sure, I do layouts. No charge! (Yet...lol) e-mail me at apriljdurham@gmail.com

Spencer said...

I don't carry a gun to kill people.

I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don't carry a gun to scare people.

I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.


I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.


I don't carry a gun because I'm evil.

I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.


I don't carry a gun because I hate the government.

I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.


I don't carry a gun because I'm angry.

I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.


I don't carry a gun because my sex organs are too small.

I carry a gun because I want to continue to use those sex organs for the purpose for which they were intended for a good long time to come.


I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.

I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.


I don't carry a gun because I'm a cowboy.

I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.


I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man.

I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.


I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate.

I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.


I don't carry a gun because I love it.

I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

Anonymous said...

I think it is awesome to have your concealed weapons permit..rock on!

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

Well put. I agree with many of the things you've said here. And I totally love what spencer wrote in his comment too. So true.