That’s right. I am now legal age to get my Conceal and Carry, and I’m right proud of that. Recently there has been much discussion in certain circles, of which I am a part, as to the right or wrong of God’s people carrying guns. In fact, I have recently heard it said that my Great Grandfather (WWII Marine Veteran), Grandfather (Vietnam Marine Veteran), and my Father (15 years active duty service Marine) are all in sin for having served their country in an effort to protect their families, their freedom, and their homes, because we are called to love our enemy above those placed directly under our care.
Well, I have to say, I am a very proud third generation Military Brat (for those who don’t know, that is a military term of endearment, not a slander) and I will boldly proclaim this truth. I respect men and women who stand by their convictions, and thus, though I strongly disagree with the Amish’s stance on defending your family, I can respect them because they are doing what they believe wholeheartedly to be right. What I can’t respect is the great men throughout history, and in my personal life, who gave up so much for you (generalized term) being told they are in sin for their sacrifices.
So, obviously I feel strongly about this… which is why I have had to remove myself from some of the discussions in which I was taking part. Those who know me well know that my claws and teeth very easily come out when you mess with my family, or the people I care about- and in my book, calling into question the character of the men I love doesn’t jibe well. I knew I couldn’t respond well in that situation, and thus, I removed myself.
All that being said, though, I have no intention of hiding my views on the subject, because I do feel passionately that men and women defend themselves, and those they love. So, in October I am taking a week long course with my Daddy (and my mom, actually, who is going to get her conceal and carry at the same time) in order to be licensed to conceal and carry. My family believes strongly that men and women carrying any type of weapon- be it knife, gun, or even a slingshot- be fully educated on the weapon, as well as proper weapon safety. Which is why we are going through the class. We want to be fully knowledgeable on the weapons we will be using, and our constitutional rights to bear that arm.
So, in honor of this exciting occasion (I’ve been waiting all year for the law to revert back to 21, instead of 23!), I have decided to do something out of the ordinary. Here are images, quotes, and reasons for why I strongly believe in my right and my responsibility to bear arms in the protection of myself and my family, and my 3 generations of courageous men’s rights to protect their families, freedom, and country. Enjoy, or don’t. That is your right.