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June 18, 2018
Why Carry Girl
Before 2005 I was never involved in politics, maybe I was in this denial that if I didn’t get involved in any politics or watch the news it would somehow not affect me. This was so naive of me. I knew that I had mostly conservative views growing up but I was brought up in household that had very little affiliations with any political party so my decision to become a conservative women came from the good old fashioned values that my father instilled in me.
I met and married my husband in 2005 and we moved to the great state of Texas in 2006. Best decision ever! My husband, a Veteran of the US Air Force and former police officer, is a strong supporter of 2A and a constitutional conservative. I quickly became very aware of the importance of 2A, the constitution and also my love for shooting. Shooting became a love of mine and I quickly acquired a strong respect for weapons and firearms safety. I decided in 2015 to get my License to Carry. I knew that in order to truly empower myself I needed to carry every day to protect myself and my family.
At age 19, I was a survivor of an attack and sexual assault on my college campus. I remember when I went away to school my father gave me a small can of pocket mace, that my resident advisor in my first week of school took from me and replaced with a red whistle. A red whistle! I walked around campus for a week with that red whistle, being afraid and knowing that this whistle would never protect me. And it didn’t! I was attacked and raped a week later by a man in a dark corner outside my dorm building. I never thought once during the attack, where is my whistle? That man took something from me that night but also instilled in me the determination to never be a victim again. NEVER. If I was allowed to carry on my campus and knew the importance of carrying a firearm back then, I could have changed the outcome of the horrible night for me. I could have saved myself.
As a woman I am so thankful that the Second Amendment affirms my natural right to protect myself in my home, in my car, at all times! I believe it is so important to support women on college campuses, in our cities and small towns by educating them and creating a strong community around them to empower them to protect themselves by carrying a firearm if they so choose. The Carry Girl movement is that community.
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