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I'm proud of my wife.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by epijunkie67, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. epijunkie67

    epijunkie67 Active Member

    Apr 21, 2004
    East TN
    I just wanted to brag on my wife for a minute. She has always been a fairly liberal Democrat and when we first got together had the typical idea that "guns are bad". At one point she even tried to pull the "I'll never have a gun in my house" card. Of course that didn't fly but at first she wasn't happy with my gun ownership.

    Over the years we've talked about firearms, self defense, and firearms ownership. She saw that people can own guns and be responsible. I started working night shift and she spent a lot of time alone at night. Eventually she asked me to help her find a gun for herself for home protection. After trying everything I own she adopted my FN57 because the recoil is nonexistent and the first time she shot it at the range she was able to chew a ragged hole center mass at 10 yards. She keeps that gun in her bedside drawer now (we have no children here).

    Despite her acceptance of firearms she remains a Democrat and listens to liberal talk radio. This morning one of the shows host was talking about his belief that guns should be banned. My liberal Democrat wife who once said "no guns in my house" called in and totally defended gun ownership! She made several solid points about why she keeps a firearm and why everyone should retain that right.

    The host said if people want to break in to steal your stuff it isn't worth killing someone over. "It's just stuff". My wife said "If someone breaks in here it's not because they want to help me bake cookies! I'm not going to get killed or raped in my own home. I've got 20 bullets in that gun and one of them is going to hit the bastard."

    After getting off the phone the show host was talking to his female co-host and she agreed with every point my wide had made. And suddenly Mr Liberal talk show host guy wanted to change the subject and move on.

    No real point in writing all this other than to brag on my wife. She has gone all the way from "guns are evil" to calling in to liberal talk shows to defend gun ownership. I'm proud of her for standing up and not staying silent. I think I'm a pretty lucky guy.
  2. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Senior Member

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southeast Texas
    .......and any liberal robber listening to that show will probably have second thoughts before trying to break into your house

    Great job to your wife, and great choice of firearm!

    And great job to yourself for getting her into the right mindset and letting her find the right gun, not many guys do that right.
  3. tri70

    tri70 New Member

    Mar 24, 2012
    She did good! Take her out to to eat!
  4. fattycakes

    fattycakes New Member

    Apr 15, 2012
    My wife and I are both Liberal. I lean more towards Libertarian thinking but still. We are both Gun owners. The wife slings a Ruger Gp100 .357 and me a Beretta M9, just like the one I carried in the Navy. We also have other assorted long guns. We are both pro gun. I just dont think gun prohibition works. The criminals still get guns.
  5. armoredman

    armoredman Elder

    Nov 19, 2003
    proud to be in AZ
    Gun bans don't work, other wide Washington DC and Chicago would be the most peaceful and tranquil places on the planet. Mexico's gun bans make it one of the deadliest places in the world to live, (coupled with lucrative drug trade and a government that defines corrupt), while across the border we share, the crime rate in American states is FAR lower.
    Welcome, fattycakes, welcome to THR,

    HGUNHNTR Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2006
    Another Liberal gun owner/avid RKBA promoter checking in. Liberal/gn owner is not a dichotomy. Good for you and her.:)
  7. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Elder

    Jun 5, 2006
    In a part of Utah that resembles Tattooine.
    See.....THIS is the real fight. We have to reach people who weren't already on our side. I don't need them to believe everything I believe. But when they hear about a politician supporting new gun laws, they should object.
  8. firesky101

    firesky101 Participating Member

    Nov 21, 2011
    Your wife sounds like mine, If it cost me a lot of money and it looks tactical, it belongs to her. Oh well... I guess I could do worse.
  9. k-frame

    k-frame Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Outside of Atlanta
    Even better, take her out to shoot!

    And THEN to eat. :)

    Scarce common sense prevails again; glad to see it.
  10. danez71

    danez71 Senior Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    Good for her!

    And good for you and both of you for not making gund stand between you and her. In another thread on this very forum and dating a guns ... quiet a few posts were 'dump her'. Sad.

    Very true. And that included his wife.

    Ive said many times, libertarians are the fence sitters and the views dont preclude gun ownership.

    I consider myself a liberal conservative or conservative liberal. I guess 'moderate' is the coined political term.
  11. Steve CT

    Steve CT Active Member

    May 19, 2011
    Central CT
    My wife has tolerated the shooting and guns in the house. A few months ago she surprised me with "I took my NRA Basic Pistol Class and I'm applying for my Carry Permit"

    Married 35 years, I'm ready to re-enlist:D
  12. Jim NE

    Jim NE Participating Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    My wife has come a long way, too. I remember 18 years ago, right after we were first married, we were moving our stuff in together and I mentioned that I had to get my 2 or 3 guns (just a .22 rifle and a Stallard pistol, maybe a cheap shotgun, too) and she went "What??" I was building my business back then and wasn't into guns at all, so I'd forgot to tell her I was a gun owner.

    She saw absolutely no reason for city dwellers to own guns. A couple years ago I started getting back into guns. By that time it didn't bother her so much. I told her I was getting my CCW, and that didn't bother her that much either. She kind of cringed when I said I was joining the NRA again, though. She did shoot a shotgun for the first time last year, however. All in all, I'm pleasantly surprised with her reaction to my re-entry back into guns.

    I guess we've both been changing on that count.
  13. CharlieDeltaJuliet

    CharlieDeltaJuliet Participating Member

    Apr 10, 2012
    North Carolinian
    Good for her. I am the first to say that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. People can hate firearms all they want, as long as they dont try to pass their beliefs on to me or take my right to bear arms from me. I am glad that someone else has seen that a gun is never the problem, it's the person holding it that is good or bad.
  14. abq87120

    abq87120 Member

    Nov 28, 2010
    My wife was indifferent to guns when we married. Since then, she has her CCW and two EDCs. What a girl!
  15. wrs840

    wrs840 Participating Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    Brushy Mts, NC, growing feed-crops /BioFuel fodder
    Why? I'm really curious. The "liberals" in power aren't standing for anything but a coalition of grievance-groups who want to end the 2A and make others pay their bills. ...Seems that way to me, anyway.
  16. Manson

    Manson Member

    Feb 15, 2012
    Interesting post. Strange as it seems I know a lot of people who, while not far left, are just a tad left of center. They support 2A and don't all simply follow the party line blindly.
  17. The-Reaver

    The-Reaver Active Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    This story made me smile.
  18. 76shuvlinoff

    76shuvlinoff Senior Member

    Jul 6, 2007
    Over the last 25 years my wife has come to accept my gun habit. She recently became the owner of her very own SP101 and now we punch paper on a regular basis. It became her bedside firearm. Who knows? one of these days she may even take the class for a cpl.
    She never was what I would call a liberal, she just had little exposure to guns or positive gun people along the way.
  19. Ragnar Danneskjold

    Ragnar Danneskjold Senior Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    Arlington, Republic of Texas
    Republican/Democrat and Liberal/Conservative are not really accurate enough terms. Individualist/Collectivist to me at least, seem to be more descriptive of the overall ideals of one side vs. the next. Collectivists tend to be in favor of gun control because they want each person to act as part of the whole society. Your money goes to society, society tells you what care you can drive, what lightbulbs you can own, how much money you can make, whether your speech is acceptable, etc. The want to be the ones in charge of raising your children, telling you how to eat, how to work and how to sleep. Gun control plays right into this mentality for two reasons.

    A: Fighting crime is the role of appointed officials, IE police. Shoot shooting? Wait for a cop. Break in? Wait for a cop. "Only cops and soldiers should have guns" and so forth.

    B: Gun ownership as a means to fight government tyranny is wholly opposed to the idea of collectivism. Individuals deciding for themselves how to live, and using violence to make sure they are allowed to is on the opposite end of the spectrum of a "you're part of the whole, it's not your decision" mentality.

    Individualists have views that are essentially on the opposite side of all fo these beliefs. I'll keep my money. I'll work how I want, and hire/fire who I want. I'll live where I want, drive whatever car I want, practice what religion I want, say what I want, eat what I want. My kids will be raised and will learn the values I choose.

    And I will take care of myself and my own. I don't need you and your collective, and your collective better keep your hands out of my pockets.

    Both political parties have positions in a variety of matters that fall into one camp or the other. Republicans generally oppose legalizing drugs, which is a fairly collectivist opinion. But liberal democrats tend to be collectivists on almost everything else. Public schools, politically correct speech, "progressive" taxes, and gun control, among other things. Neither side is 100% individualist or 100% collectivist, and no single politician falls on one side or the other 100%. But one side does have more individualist positions than not, and the other side does have more collectivist positions.

    For those who are in favor of gun ownership, which I imagine is nearly all of us, ask yourself why you like guns and why you own them. And ask if you're OK with others owning them. Do you agree with the individualism aspect of gun ownership? Taking care of yourself, having fun how you want, etc.

    Do you believe in collectivist ideals for other matters? If yes, why the dichotomy?
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2012
  20. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Senior Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    My wife, raised in Russia, is coming around very slowly, and I don't push anything. She knew I owned some when we married, and that I had been a police officer. She seemed put off when I told her I'd sent off for my carry license several years back. Now, she seems at peace whn we are out and about and she knows I'm armed. She has also casually mentioned when seeing a woman shoot on one of the so-called "reality" gun-based shows that "it might be fun". That's only been recent, and I am still trying to plan a range intro for her.
    Incidentally, during a "survival" class Russian high schoolers used to have to take, she was exposed to, and fired, an AK-47, apparently without qualm.

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