I started a post about this months ago when I watched a momversation episode about it. I actually was sort of shocked by the fact that most of the women were not okay with guns in the house and sort of had this notion that it made you a mean, angry person. Somehow it seemed that your willingness to possibly, maybe aim a gun at someone to protect your life means that you don’t value life. I do value life but guess what? Yep, I’m going to say it: I value mine more than yours.
Oh no she didn’t!
Let’s be honest here, let’s say you are snug in your bed next to your spouse, dreaming about Beyonce and drooling onto your pillow. You hear a CRASH! and jump up from your bed, your husband does the same and takes a peak down the hallway. There are two men in your home. Okay let us freeze right here for a moment. We all hope and pray that this will never be us and I know there are many folks in the world that have no fear and are slightly naïve. We can cross our fingers all we want but we know there is a chance that something like that could happen to any of us. So what’s the next step here? You obviously call the police, well, that is if you have a phone in your room because you clearly aren’t going to squeeze past the men to say “ ‘Scuse me, just need to get this phone off the charger!” And people, I have called the police, I’m sorry to say it but those boys are slow.
That reason right there is why I am pro-guns and why we have them in our home. Because in that moment when my heart is racing and I’m looking at my husband with eyes saying do something that he can. He can do something. And so can I. That is the bottom line for me and even though I do greatly value life as I believe most do aside from some very sick people in the world, do you not value your own more than the next person? Would you stand there and let someone hurt you without trying, wanting, yearning to hurt them back? I’m going to guess not.
I would love to get others takes on this and see if there is anyone else out there besides Dana Loesch that agrees with me. Anyone?
Sher Bailey is a writer in the Midwest who believes the power of humor, Mod Podge, and grandkids can fix most problems in life. You can find her at SherBailey.com.
I need to think on this one…didn’t really think much on it until reading your post…I used to be against it, but you make sense~ My husband would TOTALLY agree with you!
Melissa G. says
I totally agree with you! We all have the right to protect ourselves and our families, especially in our own homes! The sad thing is these days you’d most likely be the one to get put in jail for hurting the intruder!
Lucy Marie says
I have no problem with guns in the house but for a different reason. My husband is an avid hunter … as is my dad and brothers … so I grew up with guns in our house and my hubby now has guns in our house. However, we following strict safety protocol and have them locked up in a safe place. I don’t disagree with you, at all. I think that guns don’t necessarily equal evil, mean, killer people but that there is a possibility for good … such as self defense, as you’ve mentioned here.
Nicole Feliciano says
Wow you opened a big can of worms with this one. I think there are ways to keep guns safe in the house, but I would never keep one in my home.
I have never thought about owning a gun. Possibly when I have a house, but not yet. My dad had one when I was growing up, so Im not uncomfortable with it, I just dont think Jared is trained enough to handle one!!! xxxoo
Brittany and Charlie-Social Butterfly says
I totally agree. We have a gun in our home for just this reason. We don’t live in a bad neighborhood, but bad people definitely come into our neighborhood.
I would love the people that disagree to tell us what plans they have for home defense if someone should break in and threaten their homes and lives. You cannot rely on the police. They are a good 5-10 minutes away from our house. And let me tell you, A LOT can happen in 5-10 minutes.
I left you something on my blog.
Opps! Here’s the link: http://www.thisbeautifulthing.com/2009/10/kreativ-blogger-award.html
Mrs. M says
I just ran across your blog post and just thought I’d chime in…I totally agree with you. I’m from a small “country” town and grew up with guns and was taught from a young age how to handle a gun responsibly. If it comes down to it, like in the hypothetical story in your post, I want to know that I have the means and the ability to handle a gun to protect me and mine!
I completely agree. However, I will also say that I have my hunter’s permit, meaning that I have taken firearm safety classes, know how to load/unload and properly fire a gun. I think there’s a huge difference between being properly prepared to defend yourself, and simply having a gun and expecting it to keep you safe, when not knowing how to use it could result in accidental harm to those you love most.
Couldn’t agree more. For a long time I fought my husband about it because of the “babies” but we have a safe and they can’t get in it. So we’re all good. And our gun has come in handy on more than one occasion (unfortunately!)
It does happen, even if you live in a “nice” area. Especially in this economy *yep…economy blaming*, people get desperate. And some people are just wacko. So, do yourself a favor, get a gun.
And then….learn how to shoot it. It’s not exactly what you expect. I made a video of my first shooting experience…scary stuff.
Thanks for the real and honest post. 🙂