Disclaimer: this is not a sexist post, it’s a post about a conversation I had a few minutes ago. My longest post inbound, so strap in, put your helmets on, and break out the brain food.
Back story: A friend of my younger brother’s (Andy) is dating a girl that’s quite liberal. Anti gun, feminist type. Her cousin committed suicide with a firearm post service in the Corps, causing her and her family to become anti gun.
The good stuff: This young lady and Andy were having a conversation about Andy getting a handgun when he turns 18. Nothing in Ga law (that I know of) states an 18 year old cannot own a handgun. Her retort was, “Why?”. He said, “To protect myself.” Her response, “Well, who’s coming after you?” He said, “No one, it’s for self defense.” She delivered a diatribe on how it’s ridiculous, guns are bad, blah blah blah. She told her mother about it, her mother asked why he wanted one, and her response was, “to feel like a man I guess.” Just to put it into perspective.
So I will ask you ladies and gents, how much does her opinion weigh in terms of what he owns? They are not married, nor engaged. We all know guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
I had maybe a thirty minute conversation with Andy telling him, “You two aren’t married, and if she wants to be immature so be it. She will either, mature and realize guns are inanimate objects, and can’t hurt anyone. As it stands between you two, you guys are only dating. She has NO say in what you own. Hell, she may just keep her mind made up. Who knows for sure? Introducing her to my guns will do one of two things, A. make her relive the pain of her cousin’s suicide, having the effect of her hatred of guns being set in stone with a Platinum placard, or B. her opinion may change after seeing them, and getting a chance to shoot (highly unlikely). Carrying or owning a gun does NOT make you a man. It’s a tool. For instance, my dad has plenty of tools to work on cars, that doesn’t make him a mechanic. What you do with your firearm can determine manhood in a minuscule degree (hear me out), a man carries a firearm to defend his family, property, loved ones, those around him, and himself (based off Why I carry a gun), and I asked him, “Why do you think I listed himself last? He said, “I don’t know”. Simple, a man is selfless, a man protect his own, what is his, and helps those around him that are in need. Ofcourse this doesn’t mean go out looking for confrontation, or be itching to plant somebody. That’s no way to live. You can’t live switched on all the time. I had to learn that. When I was your age, I was always analyzing everyone around me, and gauging threat levels, and since I learned to switch off, my quality of life has improved. Granted I carry a gun everywhere I go, and it will be used only as long as my unlock codes are breached.”
What are you guys thoughts?