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Guns are often perceived as unsafe, dangerous, and something to fear. Media bias has given not only guns a bad name, but gun owners as well. I am a law abiding citizen.  One who loves the constitution and everything it stands for. I don’t have a criminal record.  There’s no one I respect more than the law enforcement officers who risk their own lives to keep me safe every single day. All that being said, I do own and carry a gun.

The media tries their best to make this seem like a bad thing. It’s not. In the hands of someone who understands how to handle it, a gun is a good thing. While guns are dangerous when used incorrectly, guns also save lives on a daily basis. Guns protect the innocent and serve as a defense mechanism. I carry a gun because I refuse to become a victim. I will not be taken advantage of. While we do have law enforcement to protect us, they can’t always be there in the exact moment you need them. That’s no one’s fault, but it’s also a risk I’m not willing to take.

Before you go on siding with those that get on their soapbox, preaching that I’m dangerous. Before you take that opinion to the voting booth and make your voice heard, consider the circumstances. While believing guns are inherently bad is your right.  You are entitled to that opinion; similarly, I am entitled to the right to bear arms, which I take very seriously. I’m just an innocent civilian, minding my own business and taking care of myself. Given a crowd of people, you’d never be able to pick me out as the gun owner. You know nothing at all about me, but are already forming a strong opinion on something so important to me. We rush past each other on our way to work and sit beside each other on the city bus.  You see me as just another girl, running the rat race of life. You have no idea that I’m carrying, it’s not affecting you at all.

The truth is, you would never know I’m carrying – unless you needed to. Unless a situation requires my weapon, you’ll never see it. But in a dangerous situation – in the event of an attacker on our bus or someone grabbing you in a dimly lit parking garage, my concealed weapon won’t seem so threatening anymore. You don’t agree with concealed carry.  You made that perfectly clear when you got on Facebook and trashed gun owners. You’ll be the first to publicly denounce my right to carry, but you’ll also be the first to stand behind me, and my gun, during an attack. My weapon may seem like the worst thing in the world, until it’s the only thing between you and a threat.

You’re quick to advocate for gun free zones, further restricting my right to carry – but you haven’t considered the repercussions. If I stood up to defend you, would you ask me to stand down? Would you ask me to allow the attacker to finish whatever they were doing? Because that’s what you’re doing when you support the idea of gun free zones. Gun free zones do not stop criminals.  They only stop me. Restricting guns by banning them from schools, movie theaters, churches, and college campuses will not keep a criminal from bringing in a gun. Criminals have no respect for the law. But it will stop me. Gun free zones will keep me from adequately being able to defend myself and those around me. Many on the left will rattle off terrifying statistics to scare you into believing restrictions and gun free zones are best. What they don’t tell you is that a significant amount of mass shootings occur in gun free zones. The victims in theses situations are defenseless because concealed carry citizens like myself respect the law, and criminals do not.

You don’t have to like guns. I’m not asking you to go to the shooting range or apply for your concealed carry. I respect your right to be uncomfortable around guns. I’m not asking you to like them.  I’m asking you to respect that I do. I’m asking that you understand that I’m exercising my constitutional right to make society just a little safer. Before you try to dismantle that right, remember that you’d have no problem standing behind my gun if it meant saving your life, so don’t take that security away from me.

Lauren N
MANAGING EDITOR
Lauren is one of our managing editors here at Future Female Leaders. When she is not editing FFL articles, you can find her color coding her whole life in her Lilly Pulitzer agenda. She's a southern girl who loves Hokie football and isn't afraid to be politically incorrect, so consider this your trigger warning.