- Posted March 28, 2013 by
Albany, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
First Person: Your essays
A Mother's Journey to Bearing Arms
'It wasn’t until my husband educated me on guns that I changed my mind. Nobody has tried to break into my home, but there was a situation where we felt threatened by someone in broad daylight. That prompted me to learn about guns,' she explained.
HealingMe1 said she would like to offer other parents a message: 'I think mothers need to educate themselves and learn how to best educate their kids. I work with a lot of other mothers at work and a lot of them are shocked that I was taught how to shoot. I understand because I was there at one point. I was scared of guns.'
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- zdan, CNN iReport producer
Over the 11 years of our marriage I slowly learned about guns. I began to accept that the gun itself posed no danger. Any danger was in the hand and heart of the beholder. I learned there were safe ways to teach your children about guns. I learned that guns were a tool like any tool. They have multiple purposes and uses. I learned more about our Constitution and our rights as United States citizens. I learned I had nothing to fear and a lot to gain from owning a gun.
So Mr. Obama and your gun control advocates - You will NOT infringe upon my right to protect my children or myself. I am not physically capable of stopping a 200 lb man from raping me or my daughters. I am not physically capable of stopping a 200 lb man from entering my home and doing what he may. However my gun is very capable of stopping such a criminal if such an act were to occur. We live in a society where no one is there to protect us. The police come AFTER the crime, not before. I do not have 24/7 armed protection like you do Mr. President. Neither do my children. So until you can explain to this nation why your old city of Chicago has the strictest gun control laws but some of the highest murder rates by guns, then I will continue to support the NRA, I will continue to urge others to support the 2nd Amendment, and I will continue to vote for those politicians that support my views. I will also support the notion of placing armed police/veterans/etc. in our schools. Why should your children Mr. President be of the select few children in this country who are protected by armed guards? Why are your children more special than mine? The fact is they are not - ALL children are special and have the right to be cared for and protected.
I am a mom and I am proud to support the NRA and my right to bear arms.