A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 3: Is Gun-Free Where Ya Wanna Be?)

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Now I’ll share my take on what it really means to be gun-free. Interestingly, my site visit gizmo tracker shows that this series is purty popular, but for whatever reason, folks aren’t adding too much to the comment box conversation. I hope this means that folks are giving some calm, cool and collected thoughts to these topics.

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“Economists John Lott and William Landes conducted a groundbreaking study in 1999, and found that a common theme of mass shootings is that they occur in places where guns are banned and killers know everyone will be unarmed, such as shopping malls and schools.”

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“Lott offers a final damning statistic: ‘With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.’”

(full article here)

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In personal protection and family/home defense, oftentimes the mere announced presence of a firearm causes the bad guy(s) to flee the scene; and in cases of public venues, the known possibility of firearm presence dramatically deters armed attacks; and once faced with opposition, the bad guy usually gives up in an act of suicide.

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* A crowded public setting. Recently in the tragic Clackamas Mall shooting in Oregon, a man with a concealed carry gun had the assailant in his pistol sights, but chose not to fire due to his concern for public safety. And upon seeing the armed citizen, the criminal fled to the hallway and took his own life.

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* At home.  A few weeks ago in Texas, in the middle of the night, an intruder was discovered in a couple’s bedroom. The man of the house armed himself, the wife called 911, and the husband chased the bad guy from his home and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. When asked by police, the perpetrator admitted to having “bad intentions.”

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So, we when the presence of opposition is found, it is a good thing for the good people. I know that’s a simple statement. But, it’s true.

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Airplanes, vehicles, hammers, knives, bombs, and anything else that someone wants to use for bad, has been, can, and likely will be used again. For bad. Like I talked about in the first piece on this series, it’s not the thing that doles out the destruction, it’s the evil in the heart of the person that does the devil’s deed.

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Quite sadly, on the same Friday as Connecticut’s elementary school’s tragedy, someone in China also attacked elementary school kids, wounding over twenty children with a knife. Shall they therefore ban kitchen utensils too?

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Our earth is not ruled by goodness — but that doesn’t mean we are required to be victims either.

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On that note, let’s take a look at how women factor into the victim equation. I think I’m a fairly tough little countrified cookie. I’m not a sissy-girl, nor a girly-girl. I detest whining. I can drive a tractor, chop firewood, split kindling, and complete more chores by sun-up than most women do all day. My favorite workout includes my heavy bag and speed bag. All this and I’m still smaller, weaker, and more at-risk to be the victim of a crime. And if I’ve got some kiddos in tow, I’m an even easier target.

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Just the other day, a woman in Georgia found this reality to be a nightmare come true. When she saw a suspicious man with a crowbar monkeying around her home, she took her twin nine-year olds and hid in a crawl space. That bad guy, who had only been out of jail a few months, soon found her and her kiddos. Thankfully she had made the decision to protect that which God had entrusted into her care and she was able to keep her family safe.

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Even though she took precautions and even hid, that blasted boogeyman still opened the door on the gift of her children, and in doing so, he met the working end of a revolver. She did the thing that needed doing in order to save the innocent. If she hadn’t, I don’t even wanna think about what could have happened. I reckon she doesn’t either.

(full story here).

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In regard to using non-lethal or lethal forms of protection, miss Kathy Jackson, a previous firearms magazine managing editor, a current firearms instructor, and an author of two books, says this in her book “The Cornered Cat: A Woman’s Guide to Concealed Carry” (White Feather Press, 2010.) that after all precautions and means have been used:

“But when all that fails, what’s left? Do we ignore the danger from a brutal, determined, vicious assailant simple because we are afraid of using a more effective defense? Do we choose not to defend ourselves to the utmost because our best means of defense may result in the criminals death?”

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“If a criminal attacks me without provocations, why should he—the aggressor, the malefactor, the bad actor—get to choose which one of us survives his violent act?”

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I admit, that there is a hard decision to make. And Christians oftentimes find this a quagmire of entangling moral, biblical, and ethical issues. I understand, I do, and that’s why yesterday I wrote about this topic. I think you should take a look at miss Kathy’s chapter in The Cornered Cat: A Woman’s Guide to Concealed Carry (yep, even if you are a man, it’s chock full o’ information and facts that apply to you too) for her take on the matter. Of course, you mostly need to seek the Lord’s guidance and then decide what best fits you.

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Law-abiding folks who want to retain gun rights, by and large, are good people. They take serious their role as American citizens to protect themselves and their loved ones, and sometimes even strangers. I have yet to see legislation that makes it illegal for folks to become pilots, obtain driver’s licenses, or buy fertilizer because the possible potential exists for them to use the airplane, automobile, or ingredients for bad.

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After the news broke of Connecticut’s elementary school shooting tragedy, Minnesota’s Gun Owner’s Civil Rights Alliance (GOCRA) called on that state’s schools to protect it’s children. They have offered free training for any qualified school staffer with permission from their superintendent and principal to carry concealed.

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It is time to dismiss the fiction of ‘gun-free schools,’ said GOCRA President Joseph E. Olson. “These schools aren’t gun-free; they’re free-fire zones for criminals.”

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Mass shootings in this country overwhelmingly occur in so-called ‘gun-free zones’ — schools, post offices, and commercial locations that ban the legal carry of defensive firearms. Minnesota law already allows any licensed permit holder to carry at a school with written permission from a principal, superintendent or other official.” (quote from above link)

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Sadly, this sort of violence isn’t new, nor is it only an American occurrence. I’m too young to recall the Ma’alot incident in 1974 where twenty-five Israeli schoolchildren were killed by terrorists, but according to news reports, after this violent attack, unlike America, the Israeli government encouraged reservists to carry their firearms. And in that country, a whole lot o’ folks are reservists.

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And as Ann Coulter, the outspoken political conservative, sevenfold New York Times bestselling author, lawyer, and syndicated columnist, said in a 2007 article that followed the horrors of Virginia Tech’s shootings:

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“Only one policy has ever been shown to deter mass murder: concealed-carry laws. …concealed-carry laws were the only laws that had any beneficial effect.

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And the effect was not insignificant. States that allowed citizens to carry concealed handguns reduced multiple-shooting attacks by 60 percent and reduced the death and injury from these attacks by nearly 80 percent. 

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Apparently, even crazy people prefer targets that can’t shoot back. The reason schools are consistently popular targets for mass murderers is precisely because of all the idiotic ‘Gun-Free School Zone’ laws.”

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A well regulated militia,

being necessary to the security of a free state,

the right of the people to keep and bear arms,

shall not be infringed.”

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As Americans our Second Constitutional Amendment gives us the right to self-defense, but sadly, the so-called “Gun-free Zones” have proven to be locales of attacks with multiple victims – because the ability to defend oneself simply was not allowed.

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Recently in Texas, a class offered to teachers on concealed carry, a class with 400 student slots, filled to capacity in less than 24 hours. Buckaroos, obviously there’s not only a need, but a desire to protect the innocent. That there is a big deal.  And I thank those who have undertaken the task of teaching, training, and equipping others.

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“The gun doesn’t make you right. You’re either right or wrong long before you pick this thing up. Matter of fact, if you’re wrong, it’ll only get you in trouble. But, if you’re right…this can help even the odds. They say God made man, but Sam Colt made them equal.”

 

“Oh, and, just so’s you know, the odds ain’t usually in our favor. Bad stuff happens to good people. Happens all the time. Remember that.”

~ Charles Martin. Thunder and Rain. New York: Hatchette Book Group, 2012.

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You need to understand that on the whole, no concealed carry person wants to fire his or her weapon at another human being. And in a good many self-defense cases, the mere shown presence of a firearm is enough of a deterrent to send the bad guy(s) a runnin’. Bad guys are bullies. Bullies like to pick on those who are smaller and weaker. Basically, they are countin’ on an uneven playing field, size discrepancy, and strength disparagement.

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Sorta like Goliath with our boy David, aye?

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Isn’t it ironic that law-abiding folks who take assorted classes, participate in hands-on courses, train for countless hours, and know the ins and outs of their tool, most likely won’t ever have to use it?

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But if they have to, in order to save a life, they are ready.

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What if that life is theirs, a child’s, or yours? I reckon you’d be thankful for their skills, their courage, and their decision to utilize their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

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“If you go among the Philistines, it’s best to go armed.”

~ Louis L’Amour

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There is so much I could say and so many additional statistics that I could site to further prove the safety and validity of being an armed society. Not only that, but I could write oodles of pages on how the media further confuses the reality of gun-ownership in America. One example comes to mind. Did you know that “assault weapons” is a political term, and at best, a term only related to firearms in the military. It was unheard of until 1994 – when the first “assault” weapons ban was initiated.

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Friends, do some research on your own before you come to rash conclusions and make media-swayed judgments against folks, like me, who wanna maintain our right to bear arms. I’ve tried to include factual statistics and article links in this piece so you can see that I’m not just blowing smoke about criminals targeting gun-free zones. Nope, no sir, no ma’am, I’m talkin’ reality. And this particular article was extraordinarily time consuming, because as you can see, it’s not just my opinion, it’s fact. (Basically, I still remember the top three lessons from my gone-by days in journalism: 1. Get the facts. 2. Get the facts. 3. Get the facts.)

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* If you so desire to lend your voice to this topic, please feel free do so; but, just as I have tried my utmost to use a respectful, non-condescending tone, I expect the same from you. My comments are set to author approval so don’t go gettin’ your knickers in a knot if your comment doesn’t immediately appear. I do have family & household duties to attend to before I approve everything here. Thank you.

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If you are interested in the other installments to A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms, please see the links below.

1. A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 1: Inanimate Objects)

2. A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 2: The Morality of Self-Defense)

3.  A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 3: Is Gun-Free Where Ya Wanna Be?)

4. A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 3: An Open Letter to My Legislators)

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23 thoughts on “A Christian Woman’s Stance on Firearms (Part 3: Is Gun-Free Where Ya Wanna Be?)”

  1. Natasha Metzler says:

    As always, you speak clearly and your research is thoroughly done. Thank you! 🙂

    • Miss Patricia-Butterfly,

      And I thank you for the encouragement. It’s been great to discover this commonality with you.

      Blessings.

  2. What an outstanding series, Darlene…thank you for writing it!! As a Christian woman new to the world of concealed carry it is refreshing and encouraging to here the words of someone who shares my heart! I am a homeschooling mom (from Montana :-)) as as such am no stranger to people judging my choices harshly, but the gun/evil/Christlikeness/preparedness vs. fear issues that come with choosing to arm myself have brought me into uncharted and uncomfortable territory with friends and family.

    Thankful to have found your blog today!!

    Danielle
    OrganizationalHysteria.co,

    • Miss Danielle,
      Thank you for stopping by, for the kudos, and for appreciating the content. If we share in respectful tones what we know to be true, I think we can help correct a lot of misconceptions.

      Blessings.

  3. PrairieKat says:

    Thanks for a well written series! I have shared this via facebook and twitter. I think, as a gun-toatin’ momma, more of us should be prepared if the need arises to protect ourselves, our youngin’s and anyone else!!

  4. AmyV says:

    I found my way here via The Cornered Cat blog. Just wanted to say thank you for linking the protection of innocents and Christianity to the right to carry. I am a mom of 3 young children and hope I never have to use mine on someone threatening my family but know if I do, there will be a lot of prayer involved. God is present with us, even when we are faced with those tough decisions and I don’t doubt that he would carry me through emotionally. Thank you, Simply Darlene for sharing your insight!

    • Miss Amy,
      Miss Kathy Jackson’s site and her book fill a niche. I’m so glad to have found her… and thankful that she linked my series on her site. As with the other folks, it is nice to meet you.

      Blessings.

  5. GregF says:

    Darlene, one minor correction, but I think it’s an important one. The 2nd Amendment does not grant us the right to self defense, it was written to protect preexisting rights, including self defense. Some would even say they are God-given rights, which fits in with your theme rather nicely. Thanks for the blog posts.

    • Yes sir, Greg, I agree. I meant that in the 2nd Amendment’s right to bear arms, we find self-defense… Thank you for the clarification and for reading the series.

      BLessings.

    • Miss Connie!

      It’s always great to see you here in the comments. Wow, thanks for reading not only the article, but all the supporting pieces too. I bet you had to refill your cuppa joe a couple times, aye?

      Blessings.

  6. Joni Leonard says:

    Thank you for these articles. I enjoyed reading them…I am a big fan of Kathy Jackson: The Cornered Cat and that is where I learned of your blog. I am now a follower! I am also going to share this on my facebook page. I have quite a few friends that I think would like to read your articles on firearms. I have a concealed-carry permit and it seems I have to explain to friends why I choose to carry…to me it is common sense…but to many it is not. I may just have to print your articles and give them to friends who want an explanation…you say it much better 🙂 Again, thank you for taking the time to write these fact-filled articles!

    • Miss Joni,
      You are welcome. Thank you for stopping by, for the encouragement, and for the sharing this series with others. It was an unexpected surprise to find that miss Kathy had linked to my little corner of BlogLand. I, too, am a big fan an am learning so much from her.

      Blessings.

  7. Great articles, thank you so much for taking the time, and making the effort to put this together.

  8. Floyd says:

    Awesome piece! It’s too bad that the majority of the world won’t get to hear these truths that destroy their defense! But as people who live on emotion rather than principle it probably wouldn’t change anything anyway.

    Gotta like a girl that quotes Louie L’Amour!

    • Indeed! Life with two cowboy fellers means that ole Louie rules the CD-players both at home in the rigs.

      Emotion vs. principle. I hadn’t thought of it thattaway, but you are right. Like most things, I tried my utmost to keep a calm voice and civil tongue whilst I presented my perspective — some based on opinion, but mostly steeped in fact.

      As always, thanks for stopping by.

      Blessings.

  9. Christy says:

    Darlene, This series is well-researched, well-written, concise & just plain good old common sense! Thank you!

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