At our 2018 National Conference, Tiffany Johnson gave a inspirational and informative presentation on Broadening the 2A Tent. This article is a summary and resource to educate others about this important topic.
Too often people rely on their information from mainstream news and get caught up in the emotion following a tragic incident. We have to be sure that our 2A rights are resolute throughout time. This doesn’t mean we are heartless to the tragedy and emotions of the day; rather we want to ensure that our republic is strong and future generations are free from tyranny and oppression. There are many “concessions” being entertained that whittle away our 2A rights. While they may seem reasonable on the surface, any erosion of our Constitutional rights will be devastating for our country. All of these stand to protect us and serve as a backbone for the laws of the land.
I’m always surprised when I receive emails from men about their marriages although it happens pretty regularly. Sharing a household, finances, and parenting is usually easier when you have a shared value system, and some partnerships are stressed over the presence of firearms in the home. Several men have reached out for help in talking with their wives about guns. I can maybe try to provide a new perspective to help bridge the divide.
By LeAnne Farmer, Vista CA. As a woman and a mother, how could I possibly still be pro-2A following Las Vegas? Don’t I care about the innocent lives lost? Am I a cold-blooded, heartless gun-clinger who is out of touch with reality? These are questions that I feel deserve to be addressed.
Those returning to storm-hit areas may be considering picking up a firearm to keep in their locked glove compartment or in a locked safe at home. Please, don’t just go out and buy a firearm based on a text from a friend or a sales guy’s pitch. That’s not responsible. Think of the research that goes into choosing where to live, or buying a car. You’re an adult, you can handle that, so you can handle the research and experience recommended before you take on gun ownership.
When disaster strikes, it can be very motivating to buying your first gun. We find ourselves vulnerable to Mother Nature, our infrastructure (power, levies, etc.), and the unknown. You may have never considered getting a firearm, but now feel open to the idea. Your story is mine.
As an organization, A Girl & A Gun will support our sisters. As I type, we are already gathering gift cards and clothing to ship to the flood zone. But what if next time the hurricane does not track east? What if next time the hurricane hits my hometown?
There are many reasons to own a variety of guns. They are a great investment; rarely do they lose value. It is common to have different guns for hunting, recreation, competition and self-defense. There is a certain sense of accomplishment building different caliber rifles, tricking out your shotgun, mastering various handguns, and just having a collection of prized possessions to gaze at. So it is okay to say yes, it is necessary to own so many guns! Invite the person questioning you to the range and let him or her experience it!
Some experts predicted that firearms sales would slow down after the election of Donald Trump, but the BBC recently reported on the rise in gun owners due to the anxiety about the upcoming administration. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, and left-leaning Americans are increasingly becoming gun owners to protect themselves from attacks and fears that a Trump administration will fulfill stump speeches of border closings, deportations, militarism, and global disruption. I am here with open arms to welcome new people to the firearms community! I, too, became a gun owner five years ago because I realized that the world is one day away from chaos. Welcome to the party.
When I was in college I had my first sales job. I learned several life lessons during that time, but also some communication techniques that have served me to this day. If you’ve read my journey into the firearms community, then you know I was a fervent anti-gunner. When I became a gun owner, I ventured “over the mountain” to a community that is largely misunderstood by “the other side.” Critics have said that this type of language divides our country into two camps: us vs. them. I argue that there *are* two camps: (1) those who see guns as tools for the users’ intents and (2) those who see guns as killing machines. Here are 3 tips that can help both sides to communicate graciously and find common ground.