by Author, Ava Armstrong
I have a deep and abiding love for these words: “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”– a familiar clause from our Constitution. Our precious 2nd Amendment right has survived many years of liberals trying to dismantle it, word for word. Thank God, they’ve been unsuccessful, although they’ve come close a few times.
Recently, I read about George Clooney, his lovely wife and newborn twins suddenly moving back to America because they felt “unsafe” in the pastoral English countryside. Knowing his liberal leanings, I wondered if a lightbulb had been switched on in Clooney’s brain. The Safety Switch. His children were born one week ago and now he wants safety. It’s not about him anymore. He understands that children are innocents who need protection. There may be hope for this man, yet!
Mr. Clooney is a billionaire. He is famous and jets around the globe. But now all his fame and fortune shall be focused on someone or something other than himself. Maybe at the tender age of 55, he’s discovering there’s more to this life than his own wants and needs. He now has two tiny children dependent upon him for everything.
Possibly for the first time in his life, Clooney’s experiencing what the average American feels everyday as they slip that shoulder holster on with a loaded Smith & Wesson tucked beneath their armpit. Maybe he’s understanding the importance of living in a good neighborhood and having a top- notch security system. Perhaps bodyguards, excellent marksmen, will be in his employ.
Yes, Mr. Clooney: you have discovered it’s a dangerous world out there. Jolly Old England is finding this out the hard way. But, the UK is a gun-free zone, so there’s not much to fight off an attack with, except a baseball bat or a good knife. Things are dangerous in the good old USA, too. Just check out the crime rates in California. But, the one ace in the hole that American’s have is the right to carry a firearm (or multiple firearms), to protect themselves and their families.
Maybe, just maybe, Clooney will understand why the 2nd amendment is so important to each and every American. We don’t have his billions. But, we have Cabela’s and the money we’ve saved from our meager paychecks. We’re steadfast and deliberate in our love of security. We choose our weapons carefully, practice at the range or gun club. We stockpile ammunition whenever possible, for we believe there’s no such thing as “too much.” And, we even teach our children how to handle guns safely, for with this right comes tremendous responsibility.
Ava Armstrong is a co-host of the smash hit LIFE, LIBERTY & THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE, Season 1, on the AMERICA OUT LOUD TALK RADIO NETWORK. You can access those shows right here: http://americaoutloud.com/show/lifelibertypleasure/
Eighteen feet. That’s as close as it gets. There can be no hesitation if you’re being attacked. Was your life in danger? Was the intruder armed? Do you live in a Stand-Your-Ground State? There are many laws to navigate as a gun owner and each person had better prepare themselves in advance.
I’ll never forget the incident that occurred in my life that made me realize I needed to carry a firearm. One summer a little after midnight, a stranger, a big guy was pounding on my door – yelling and swearing. Like an idiot, I opened the door, thinking he might be in distress. Big mistake. He had the wrong house and was intoxicated and jacked up on a strong amphetamine. He was convinced his girlfriend was at my house, her car was parked across the street. Screaming a girl’s name, he tried to push inside, but I used my full body weight to push him back over the brick staircase. He stumbled and I crouched into a position so I could kick him back down the stairs if he came at me again. Meanwhile, my elderly neighbors had phoned the police, and watched in horror as I tried to get this guy to leave.
He swung at me and because I was squatting, he missed. I pushed him hard and he stumbled back again – calling me every name in the book. Then, something inside of me snapped. He was twice my size, but I felt adrenaline flowing through me. I wanted to pummel this guy with my fists. I suddenly didn’t care if he killed me. My husband was away, my child was asleep upstairs. How could I get rid of this guy?
I got aggressive and yelled obscenities back at him. I told him to step over the threshold – and said I had a shotgun inside. He stopped in his tracks. He made gestures, screamed vulgarities, threatened to come back and kill me. Then, he squealed his tires in my driveway, and he was gone.
I stepped inside and locked the door, shaking a bit. Saying I had a shotgun inside – that’s what made him hesitate and get back into his car.
Ten minutes later a policewoman arrived. I somehow remembered the guy’s license plate, she called it in – and another police officer stopped him. The guy was high and they arrested him. I found out later he’d beaten up another woman a couple of weeks before. He had a long rap sheet. This was a wake-up call for me. I had a hunting rifle in the cellar, locked up in a cabinet. I never thought I’d need to sleep with a handgun, but now knew it would be necessary.
Point is, this could happen to anyone. A person with evil intent could come to your home mistakenly. In a drunken, drug-induced rage, he could pound on your door – or, possibly get inside. Or, a person who intends to rob or harm you could follow you home, gain entry – and then have the upper hand. Assume it will happen, because you can imagine the steps you’d take. Situational awareness is everything. Practice is imperative. Imagining the unthinkable is a smart thing to do. Prepare for what you hope will never happen.
So, Mr. Clooney – welcome to being a parent. Welcome to thinking about safety and security of your family. Welcome to the 2nd amendment. I hope, in some way, this helps you to realize that the United States of America is the best country on the planet because of the 2nd amendment.
Author, Ava Armstrong
Ava Armstrong is a conservative, but admits that she is willing to listen to an argument that has logic. She is an indie romance and thriller author, lives on a lake in the New England area, with a husband, daughter, and a pack of dogs. Ava has 16 titles on Amazon, including thrillers, romance, and a children’s series. Three words describe Ava: Introvert, Thoughtful, Respectful. Discover more on the awesome Ms Ava Armstrong here.