Here at In the Woods Publishing we’ve shied away from polarizing topics such as politics, religion, and any other “hot button” topics, but I am breaking my silence on one issue. I, Joy Wood, own a gun. Yes, I am female, raising a beautiful 5 year old daughter in my house with a gun and I do not think, by any stretch of the imagination, that is a horrible thing.
I believe it to be a necessary thing.
Yes this is my opinion. Feel free to sign off now, flip to another page or go on about your day because the theme of today’s post isn’t going to change.
I’m here to answer your horrified “But WHY?”s
- Because I refuse to be a victim.
- Because I refuse to put my family’s protection in someone else’s hands.
- Because I still believe it’s everyone’s right to protect themselves and their loved ones.
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A few months ago I was grocery shopping with Phoebe at a local store. As we made our way down the cereal aisle I noticed a woman with her two small daughters and one very small infant. Strapped to her hip, open for all and God to see, was her hand-gun (Nevada is a legal open carry state). It was just her and her precious babies out doing errands. She sent a clear message: “I am protecting what I love and cherish.”
- I didn’t feel threatened.
- I didn’t feel offended.
- And, no, I didn’t fear for my child’s, or my, safety.
No one said a thing to her, everyone let her get on with her business. Out in the parking lot the bag boy happily assisted her in getting all her groceries in her vehicle while she juggled her babies into the car. Without the gun, she would have been exposed to potential muggers or attackers. Keeping that pistol on her hip evened out her odds.
This was not the first time I have walked into an establishment where a person was open carrying. Each and every time I’ve felt safer, knowing that someone can take care of an attacker if necessary.
I was raised in a home where there were guns. I knew where they were. Never, EVER, did it cross my mind growing up to play with them or show them off to friend’s. My Dad made sure I had a healthy respect for them and what they could do. He also made sure that I knew how to use it if I needed too.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation found other women to be of a similar mind set when it reported that 73 percent of dealers showed an increase in female customers since 2011. The percentage of female gun owners has also grown 77 percent in the last 7 years.
It is also my opinion that if we don’t teach our children healthy respect then their curious nature will take over. If we don’t teach our children how to interact with a gun they will consider them “toys”. I understand that these opposing opinions come from a place of protection, but we’re not doing anything to protect our kids by leaving them exposed and ignorant.
For those in defense of the other side….. I thank you for taking the time to listen to my full case. To those of you that still don’t think it quite strong enough I wanted to bring in a few statistics from the Department of Justice. Our own government has shown violent crimes in the last ten years decreased from 42.1 percent to 39.2 percent. Serious violent crime decreased even more dramatically, down to 42.9 percent from 47.5
Over the last decade rape and sexual assault decreased from 26.1 percent to 24.1 percent. Robberies also decreased from 56.5 percent to 51.7 percent. Numbers don’t lie. Source: Town Hall Magazine
I now leave the floor open to comments. I look forwad to your thoughts.
Thanks for reading,