Chicks and guns
At a recent pediatrician’s visit, the nurse asked me — as part of a series of standard questions — if we had any guns in our house. Like I always do, I answered with a quick, emphatic “no.” I’m not sure why I lie, because we do, in fact, have a gun. My husband keeps one safely stored in a closet. It’s unloaded and completely inaccessible to our daughters. Yet even though we are responsible gun owners, I guess admitting the truth makes me feel like a bad mother.
First of all, it’s not their business. Second, you’re not doing yourself favors by lying and staying in the closet. I think gun owners should out themselves so that we can show the world that we’re not crazy survivalists with black helicopter fantasies and that we are normal people with normal lives who do normal things. If you make your case and they’re still afraid of your cooties, they’re beyond logical reach anyway. I would be curious what impact an affirmative answer would have had. And would answer as such and then, if told it was bad, proceed to school said nurse to 1) mind her own business and 2) that (foreshadowing) what she or the doc were about to say to me was bunk. The author continues (remember I said foreshadowing):
I understand the implication behind the question: owning a gun may pose a danger to my child’s health and safety. The American Academy of Pediatrics concludes that although one may feel safer by owning a gun, it’s actually safer to maintain a gun-free home. In their official policy statement regarding firearms, the AAP points to some pretty compelling research against gun ownership. They state, “Guns kept in the home are forty-three times more likely to be used to kill someone known to the family than to be used to kill in self-defense.” I understand this, but nevertheless I’ll still keep a firearm.
Complete and utter crap. Though it’s mostly said to be 42 times, it is a long discredited assertion by one Dr. Arthur Kellerman who rather conveniently left suicides and criminals who kill other criminals with which they share residence and other such factors, like only counting self-defense if it resulted in death, in the alleged study. Controlling for those factors, Don Kates pretty much completely dispelled this myth yet the medical community and others parrot it as gospel. You can read about that here. A very good friend and poker buddy of mine is a pediatrician. He owns guns. I asked him about this policy and he said that it rarely happened in these parts. And he advised telling other pediatricians who asked this to mind their own business and then to find another pediatrician.
Anyway, this propaganda has worked. Ms. Granju in the original post says:
I totally get that “mother bear” instinct. If anyone threatened one of my children, I would be on them like a crazed spider monkey. And if I thought that having a gun in my house would help me protect and defend my family, I would have one. But I know myself too well to believe that a gun would help, rather than hurt..I don’t know that I could handle a gun competently in the adrenalin rush that would come with a threatening situation – no matter what kind of training I had had. In fact, I would probably be one of those people who end up having their own gun turned on them.
Katie, victim of of many gun ownership myths. Let’s review:
I totally get that “mother bear” instinct. If anyone threatened one of my children, I would be on them like a crazed spider monkey.
First, I’m uncertain what a crazed spider monkey is capable of. But I’m guessing that 230 grains of jacketed lead could probably dispatch of one fairly easily. Second, I’ve met Katie. And whether or not she was in crazed spider monkey mode, I could totally take her in a fight. I guess what I’m saying is that if your plan is to become a monkey, it’s not a good plan. Glock or brawn beats monkey.
But I know myself too well to believe that a gun would help, rather than hurt..I don’t know that I could handle a gun competently in the adrenalin rush that would come with a threatening situation – no matter what kind of training I had had.
You know yourself too well? Are you irretrievably irresponsible? If so, don’t drive a vehicle, own pointy things, or go near a bathtub. You might hurt someone, ferrchrissakes. No one knows for certain what they would do. But there are steps you can take to adequately prepare yourself should you need to defend yourself. If you can’t handle a gun on an adrenaline rush, what makes you think you can handle your spider monkey-fu? That, and the inherent implication that you lack the confidence and competence to operate a tool effectively is right out of the anti-gun playbook, particularly as a woman. And that leads right in to:
In fact, I would probably be one of those people who end up having their own gun turned on them
Ah, the old women getting the gun turned on them meme perpetuated by the anti-gun lobby. Doubly ironic given Ms. Granju’s penchant to get bent out of shape over sexism. It is, of course, also completely bunk. And, with training, darn near impossible. And, of course, active resistance (preferably while armed) is simply the most effective way to reduce the risk of injuries with respect to violent crimes.
Now, all that said, am I trying to get Katie to buy a gun? Not for me to decide as it is a personal matter and not a choice many folks are comfortable making. And one reason people tend to err on the side of caution is that there simply is so much misinformation about guns out there fed to you by people under color of authority, as illustrated. Our side does it too. After all, owning a gun will not make her Wonder Woman. It will, however, give her the most effective tool when it comes to personal defense. And, if she owned a gun, it would really annoy Bob Ricker, who also thinks you shouldn’t own one. And, who thinks if you do, it is a sign of criminal activity.
And any time you want to go the range, Katie, ammo and range time is on me.
And ACK says: Katie Allison Granju lets us (and criminals, potential stalkers, etc.) know that there are no guns in her house