Firearm Ownership – A Right AND a Responsibility

There have been some amusing commercials lately about the difference between “and” and “or”, and in Sweet and Sour Chicken versus Sweet or Sour Chicken. Ms. Magazine’s Ms. Blog contributor Heidi Yewman just started a series, “My Month with a Gun”. She is very upfront about her previous anti-gun stance, and reading the post, I find her “four rules” frightening. She writes that for 30 days she will “Carry it with me at all times, follow the laws of my state, only do what is minimally required for permits, licensing, purchasing and carrying, and finally be prepared to use t for protecting myself at home or in public.” Why does this bother me so much? Do you see the word “training” anywhere? In the entire post, I found it twice, once when she asked a police officer to help her clear her new gun and he suggested she get some training, and once at the end where she write about sitting in Starbucks, “…with absolutely no firearms training and a Glock on her hip sitting within arm’s reach of small children, her hands shaking and adrenaline surging.” The photo shows a woman open carrying in a holster sans retention.

Firearms ownership is a right that many of us cherish and hold dear. Along with the right come responsibility. It doesn’t matter if your state mandates a particular course of training, it is an individual responsibility to train, learn and be safe…for themselves and those around them. Anything less is to make light of the right and ignore the responsibility.

IMHO she is endangering herself and all around her by “playing” at being defensive ready. I can only hope her idea of defending herself and others is to throw an empty gun at an attacker.
Safe Shooting, and if you see a woman open carrying in a Starbucks sipping her latte with trembling hands…get your coffee to go.

Thank you Starbucks for supporting the 2nd Amendment.

Safe Shooting.

Lynne Finch-Charlesworth

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