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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Moms and Guns

Although female gun owners are increasing in number, statistics still show that women are more likely to object to firearms in the home. Women with children are more likely than those without children to fear having them. The anti-gun groups have worked hard to instill this fear in the public. They heavily publicize the tragic accidents caused by children playing with firearms to prey on the worst fears a parent has.

Guns are obviously dangerous by design. So are automobiles, the leading cause of accidental death for children in the U.S. Also highly dangerous are lawnmowers, chainsaws, kitchen knives and numerous other tools found around the house and yard. Kids are abused by adults, bitten by dogs, strangled by pet snakes. Children die or are injured by all of these.

A firearm is a tool, nothing more. In and of itself, it will not jump up and kill someone. Parents, in my opinion, have two duties when it comes to guns. First, and foremost, adults must be certain that a firearm never ever comes into the hand of an unsupervised child. Even if you are not a parent, guns must be secured so that no child, including visitors, can ever get their little hands on them. Carrying your weapon on your person while it is not locked away will accomplish this.

The second responsibility is one that the anti-gun people should also heed. It is that all parents must educate children about firearm safety. In the simplest form, it is that if a child sees a gun unattended by an adult, they must inform an adult immediately and NOT TOUCH IT! Whether you are for or against guns, you must teach your child what to do when they are away from you and see a gun, whether found outside or in a playmate’s home.

If you own firearms, teach your child safety at age appropriate levels. I was raised in a home with guns. I don’t recall ever not knowing the adage that all guns are essentially loaded all the time. This is vital for parents to follow and impress upon their children. When they reach the age to use toy guns, teach them the difference between a real gun and a water gun, nerf gun, paintball gun, etc. As a child we treated BB guns, pellet guns and air guns as real weapons as they can cause serious injuries or occasionally, death.

If all parents educated their children about guns, even if they don’t think the children will encounter one, so much tragedy could be avoided. Just as we teach our kids to stay out of traffic, not play with knives and not pet strange dogs, we have a duty to teach them about firearms. Education is how tragedies are avoided.

The decision to own a gun in a home with children is a very personal one. It is a decision that must be made by every family for themselves based upon their own circumstances. Having a gun is not necessarily the right decision for everyone. For some, a long gun may be preferable to a handgun. Whatever your choice, it is yours alone to make.

In my childhood, we had guns. We went hunting and target shooting. None of us or our playmates was ever injured because our parents practiced and taught good safety. The good safety habits I learned as a child have stayed with me for life. Having been introduced as a child, I respect, but do not fear guns.

For my own family, there was a point where I could not, in good conscience, keep a weapon of any kind in my home. My youngest child had severe early onset bipolar disorder. I chose to keep her at home and do the best I could. However, she had no regard for her own safety at all. She would use anything as a weapon. She could break into practically anything in a flash. I just could not be sure that I could secure a gun from her and have it in any way accessible to me if needed. I also got rid of everything that could be used as a weapon, even kitchen knives. I had one knife I kept well hidden and she still got it a few times. I lived in a rural, low crime area and, at that point in life, a gun would have been more of a risk than a benefit. I also hired a lawn service and kept the car key on me all the time. Everything posed a danger during that time.

So, I fully support a family’s right to choose what is best for their circumstances. I just hope to see more people make their choice because they are educated about firearms and have weighed the risks and benefits for themselves. What I don’t like to see is the fear and ignorance that cause people to not only refuse to have guns, but, to fail to even teach their children how to be safe around one. The best advice I can give is to educate yourself first, then educate your children from a position of strength and knowledge.

About The Author: Mama (Catherine) believes in preparedness as a way of life. Special emphasis on health as well as preparedness for women, families and communities. You can follow her on Twitter @MamasGotAGun.

Teach Your Daughters Well

I am so often disheartened as I see in the news the numbers of people, especially women and children, who die by violence in their own homes. A particularly horrible home invasion/rape/murder* of a mother and her two daughters in nearby Cheshire, CT shocked me and the world. This type of story is all too common these days, every one a tragedy. Yet, I can’t help wondering if the situation might play out differently if the family had a gun for defense in their home.

A story currently in the news is sparking a lot of interest, and, hopefully a lot of thought. An 18 year old Oklahoma mother, alone with her baby, having just buried her husband, heard intruders trying to gain entry to her home. One was holding a twelve inch knife. It is hard to imagine how Sarah McKinley had the presence of mind that she did. She moved a sofa in front of the locked door. She grabbed a shotgun and her baby and retreated to the bedroom. Making sure her baby was safe in the crib, she gave him a bottle. She then retrieved a pistol and called 911.

She explained her situation to the 911 dispatcher and asked if it would be OK to shoot if the men got into her home. I give kudos to the dispatcher who told her she could do what she had to do to protect her baby. Clearly, police were dispatched to her home. But, they had not arrived when the criminals broke through and entered her home. This brave teenager shot and killed the first attacker. The other man fled, but was captured by police. In the best demonstration of justice I’ve seen in a long time, the accomplice was arrested for 1st degree murder for the death of his accomplice during the joint commission of a felony.

Young Sarah is an inspirational example of mother’s instinct. The most dangerous of animals are mothers protecting their young. Humans are no different, except for the weapons we use. While mama lions have teeth & claws, along with massive size and strength, human mothers are often nearly as defenseless as the bird feigning a broken wing to distract predators from her nest. Meanwhile, human predators have all sorts of weapons at their disposal. They are often armed with lethal weapons such as guns and knives. The only way to even the odds is for the prey to use all the tools at her disposal, as this mother did.

Fortunately, Sarah McKinley had the tools and knew how to use them. How differently this story would have ended if she had not. At some point, someone in Sarah’s life taught her how to use firearms and made sure they were available. A very important point since 18 year olds in most jurisdictions can’t buy or carry firearms. Here in Connecticut, few children are taught to use firearms. Those who are taught are usually boys. Anti-gun liberals have convinced many people here that guns are bad, especially in homes with children. Yet, it is a home with helpless innocents, limited in ability to flee, that needs protection the most.

I rejoice each time I see women, especially young women, at the firing range. These are women who will have the ability to protect themselves and their families. So, parents, be certain to teach your daughters as well as your sons. Women take advantage of every tool you can to protect yourselves and those who depend upon you. And, Sarah McKinley, you are a true American hero.

If you would like to make a contribution to help this young widowed mother a fund has been established:

Sarah D. McKinley Donation Account
C/O Chickasha Bank & Trust
P.O. BOX 1307 Chickasha, OK 73023
(405) 222-0550
About The Author: Mama (Catherine) believes in preparedness as a way of life. Special emphasis on health as well as preparedness for women, families and communities. You can follow her on Twitter @MamasGotAGun.

Preparedness Is A Way Of Life For Women

I sometimes wonder at the seeming scarcity of female preppers and survivalists. My theory is that there are lots of them, just not labeling themselves as such. In fact, I didn’t always identify this way myself. I simply went about my daily life the way I was taught as a child and then incorporating what I learned along the way.

Women, especially those with families, do so much that they don’t even really think about. We plan meals, stock medicine cabinets, buy the seasonally appropriate clothes for our families. We keep budgets and put away a little something “for a rainy day”. Mothers carefully pack the diaper bag with all the things our little one may need while we’re out. Older kids get supervision in packing the backpack for the day. We think ahead constantly so that our loved ones will have what they need. This is the basic essence of preparedness.

For me, and maybe for you, there are always the “what if” worries. What if the power goes out? What if there is a blizzard, hurricane or whatever, and we are stuck in the house for days? What if there’s a fire? What if the car breaks down? Most of us are at least aware of whatever dangers or crises may happen to our families. We can’t protect everyone from everything all the time. But, we sure can try.

As we become more aware of how fragile our way of life actually is, we can try to prepare in better ways to meet the challenges we could face. A depressed economy. Unemployment. Rising crime. Terrorism. We are inundated with all these uncertainties daily. We see from events like Hurricane Katrina and the Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown that government agencies that people DEPEND upon are slow and inefficient at providing the help many people EXPECT.

It is in these realizations that a rational person starts to plan and prepare in better ways for more possibilities. If this is the way you are thinking, planning and living, then you are learning the preparedness lifestyle. You are a prepper, even if you don’t call yourself one.

About The Author: Mama (Catherine) believes in preparedness as a way of life. Special emphasis on health as well as preparedness for women, families and communities. You can follow her on Twitter @MamasGotAGun.