About the author: Nancy Keaton

Nancy Keaton lives in Chehalis, Washington with her family. She is mother of three and grandmother of three and has recently acquired the healthy love of guns, self-defense, hunting, and the Second Amendment. Nancy and her family are also a travel writing team and you can learn about fun in the Pacific Northwest by checking out their blog at NorthwestRevealed.com. Questions and comments can be emailed to Nancy at nnkeaton@gmail.com.

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  • Kim Rasmussen

    BRILLIANT article! Well thought out and well written. I particularly liked two points that you made: 1) “No politician or other person, who surrounds themselves with armed
    security guards, should have the ability to make laws or vote on laws to
    restrict my ability to bear arms and provide for my own security” and 2) “To borrow from another political minefield, MY BODY MY CHOICE – on how I defend it.” Thank you for sharing your insights.

  • Former Lady Law

    Absolutely brilliant and a true message to any/all ladies who “think they
    can’t” handle a weapon. It’s called training, just like any profession or
    ability…just takes a bit of practice with an excellent training officer/person.
    This was the best, and one of the first, articles I’ve seen regarding women
    and firearms. The timing is perfect considering the holiday season shopping
    frenzy is upon us, which I don’t buy into myself, as Christmas has a deeper
    meaning than running up an awful credit card balance. It’s about “The Gift,”
    and one that cannot be wrapped up in pretty paper and ribbon. Thanks for
    sticking up for us women and the Second Amendment. Way to go!!

    • TexasJester

      Amen.. My mother – who’s 70 years old, 5′ 3″ tall, 125 lbs, has had a neuromuscular disease for 30 years – just recently got her CHL ( that’s Texan for conceal-carry). She has numerous handguns around the house and carries a .380 and a .22 at all times. She lives in the country, and would be lucky if a sheriff deputy is within 10 minutes of responding. So … She can take care of herself!

      My liberal little brother on the other hand….. Mom wonders where she went wrong….

  • oz24

    Absolutely, amen and right on!!!!!!!!!! Now, if they would just honor the constitution and abide by the law of the land, how great that would be. I just recently went to PA to purchase a shotgun and an M4. When I was told I couldn’t get what I wanted in the M4 because I live in NJ, it pissed me off so bad. I got a Colt AR-15 instead, but it wasn’t what I really wanted. A bayonet holder, collapsible stock and muzzle suppressors are illegal in NJ, what kind of bullcrap is that? I guess my first problem is that I live in NJ. I really want to get out of this state, legislators will never get in there and change these ridiculous laws back to where they should be. I guess I should be happy I was at least able to get what I got, but that sucks too. I hate “settling” when I should be able to purchase whatever I want, this is America, right? Land of the free and home of the brave? I am in the military too, go figure. (from a woman and proud gun owner).

    • gfsomsel

      “The land of the free and the home of the brave”? You’re living in a different era. I remember those times. Today we’re the land of the regulated and the home of the wusses. When I was a kid I used to lay a rifle across the handlebars of my bicycle and ride across town to a friend’s then we would go out to the woods for target practice (the rifle was always accessible to me). Try that today. I doubt you would get 5 blocks without a cop stopping you. Back then you didn’t hear of assaults in schools or movie theaters. We knew how to handle guns and did so responsibly. Where is John Wayne when you need him? Reagan said that we were never more than a generation from tyranny and that one day we might have to say “I remember when we were free.” Say it now.

      • gundog9mm

        Right on. You cannot even carry around and shoot a BB gun without a parent hovering around. America is screwed!!
        This generation is lost. We need to raise up a brand new generation of
        intelligent, self-confident, self-supporting children who love freedom and have

    • gundog9mm

      Get out of that hellhole and come to FL. At least for the time being we carry and love all kinds of guns here. Just saw a great 50 cal. at my local gun store. Gotta win the lottery so I can get it.

  • phunyfarm

    Great article! Female, 58, armed & trained.

  • David shoemaker

    I beleave you do. In this contry every person should carry a gun. Then there would be no victoms male or female. Keep your powder dry.

  • A GySgt

    Very happy for you, only wish that more Americans, (woman or man) would open their eyes and stand with you.

  • Danny

    Nancy, Loved your message and the fervor with which you delivered it. I agree whole-heartedly with all that you said (even though I’m a male). Keep up the work of educating the ignorant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.jacobsen2 Ken Jacobsen

    well done Nancy. I have three daughters and they all have carry permits and are packing. The advise to anyone who would mess with them, DON’T!

  • lx2too

    Well said, Ms.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mfernandez57 Michael Fernandez

    Well said, well said. Kudos.


    This interest in firearms by women may be what turns the tide in the effort to take our guns away from us. “GO GIRLS GO” If we work together we can defeat this movement by our government. All they want is to make us helpless when they try to take over !!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/DustyFae StarDust Dolittle

    Good, we need more women like you, and l for one think that when someone hurts the ones we love, we will stand up and fight the world against this.

  • Saltporkdoc

    I am in total accord with every point made in this article. I am male and a former police officer as well as military veteran. Without going into detail, I have been a principal in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a rape in progress. The victim’s (unarmed) father arrived on scene at least 5 minutes prior to police and was shot and killed. Ladies, DO NOT rely on police for protection! Contrary to all those mottos on the squad cars (“To Protect and to Serve”) police ONLY exist to investigate after the crime has occurred!

    I am also partially disabled and now look like the perfect victim with an off balance gait and loss of strength on one side. I carry a Ruger LCR cross draw on that side and a Ruger SP101 (>327 Fed Mag) on my strong side. I have had to practice one hand shooting and returned to revolvers rather than my favored semi auto in .40S&W because of lost grip strength. These are small “penalties” to pay for personal protection. As the author implied above, “I am worth it”!
    I also refuse to have anything to do with AARP due to their misrepresentaion as an “advocate” for older Americans and their financial contributions to antifirearm entities. There is a new organization for us “Old F**ts” That I have joined. They are PRO firearm.
    It just seems ironic that an “advocate” wanting to sell insurance for the “protection of a class of people in need of real protection would seek to destroy that which affords true protection-firearms.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-J-Nellett/1580432719 Michael J Nellett

    Amen! You are right, especially when these anti-firearms “elites” who are well protected, by security paid for by us, try to dictate to us law abiding citizens what we are allowed to carry, or not. Morons

  • I_P_Frehley

    Bravo, well said!

  • wildman

    Right on! It is beyond stupid to expect a reasonable person to quietly standby and let a scumbag do what they want, we need to open season on them and get our country back.

  • CrustyOldGeezer

    Well Stated!

    THAT would make excellent letters to the editor in many cities across the nation.

    It could be sent to the members of congress, but why waste the paper?

  • LTC Hunter

    I’m all for women who “get” the Second Amendment and like hunting and whatnot… but there aren’t enough of you. What few there are of you are already married. I know they’re out there, I see them on hunting shows (married) or in magazine articles (married) or on Internet websites (married) but, in Illinois, most women still go into “ewwwwwwwwwww” mode when the topic of hunting is brought up and they all seem to think guns “go off” all by themselves. Very sad.

    Anyway, good article, ma’am, thanks for posting it.

    • nmgene

      I am up here in Anchorage Alaska where many of the girls shoot. I am always happy to teach a female to shoot as I taught my wife and daughter and many relatives. I have been shooting since 1962, I have never had a gun go off by itself or when I did not want it to. You dont have to have the fanciest, most expensive gun. There are many out there at reasonable prices. It doesnt even have to be new. Pawn shops are great places for used Guns and most will come down on the marked price if you haggle a little with them. I dont charge for firearms instruction and am looking for a sweet lady to spend the rest of my life with.

      • TexasJester

        Used handguns can be quite good and cheap – I carry a Czech police CZ-70 – 7.65 mm (.32 cal) – from the 70s – been well used, but equally well maintained. Cost $150. NICE little semi-auto..

        Do your research and you can find good weapons cheaply.

    • debb667

      Single (unmarried) female here….actress in Los Angeles……trained and armed….can NOT carry.because CA has its head up its arse…..period

  • David

    Well Done, Nancy, well done. May God bless you and your family on this Thanksgiving Day. Try to stay dry in our lovely Northwest weather! =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002198081296 Right Way

    You ROCK Nancy. I agree with everything you wrote. Well thought our and articulated.

  • Tig Dupre

    AMEN, Nancy! If more ladies were packing, there’d be a lot less assaults on ‘em. A firearm is the penultimate “NO.” I ride motorcycles with a mixed group of men and women, and nearly ALL of us have some sort of “heat” when we ride. Part of the fun of a riding day is to take a long path through wooded lanes on a sunny fall day, and end the ride at a shooting range we’ve reserved for the event. Have a barbecue, NO ALCOHOL, and practice with our weapons. The more experienced teach the less experienced, and everyone has a great time. I live out near Bremerton, and we sometimes ride down your way. Just listen for the sound of 20-40 Harleys passing by… Thanks for a great article!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=585273802 Kelsey Shannon Arnold

      This may just be a result of my tendency to be pedantic, but I’m genuinely curious. “Penultimate” means “just before the last.” My penultimate bus stop, for example, is the one right before I get off. If a firearm is the penultimate “NO,” what is the ultimate “NO”?

      • http://www.facebook.com/elysianhunter Tonya Huntsman Price

        I guess the ultimate “NO” would be the .38 hollow point, or .357 (whichever ammo I have loaded) that blows the perp away. I hope and pray it NEVER comes to that, but I will defend myself and my family should the need arise.

  • Mama

    I have carried for almost 50 years. My gun represents FREEDOM to me. I never shot anyone, and never want to shoot anyone, but, with a weapon, I do not have to be afraid to go out alone at night, ride a motorcycle hundreds of miles alone, drive anywhere alone at any time. When I could not afford much rent, I lived in areas where I could not have gone to the laundramat or even walked around the block without serious fear of people who were on drugs or yelling to get my attention. My gun gave me the freedom to survive without fear. I tell women who I meet that they NEED that kind of security and the ability to protect themselves and their children, in the city, in the country, or in any socio-economic situation.

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  • Kukye

    As it is said the forefathers knew the nature of man when he is given power. That is why the 2nd amendment was stated so brilliantly.

    It is also why corrupt power-obsessed politicians have always had a problem with that. Now they are trying to work around it using the UN, the New World Odor, multi-culturalism, Agenda 21, etc.

    Their methods are countless, unrelenting, and conniving.

    Someone said only hunting weapons should be allowed. The 2nd amendment does not mention hunting weapons. Rather it states “militia”. So we should have the same weapons aka, tactical as any military.

    They are trying to ban as much tactical weapons as they can on recent obamanation list. The whole list is illegal by constitutional standards.

  • http://www.missiontoisrael.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    Being that he constitutional framers decided they knew better than Yahweh, the Second Amendment only recognizes a right, which can be, has been, and always will be regulated by the government, particularly its judicial branch, under who’s jurisdiction it was placed. On the other hand, Yahweh charges us with the responsibility to bear arms in defense of
    ourselves, our families, and our fellow man (1 Timothy 5:8).

    Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, agrees. You can listen to his views at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/tapelist.html#goa.

    Then read “Firearms: Scripturally Defended” on our Online Book Page.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rob-Morse/1424808432 Rob Morse

    Thank you and well said, Nancy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SaveTheGuns Marc Richardson

    Well written, but your rights to defense do not depend upon the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the intent of the Founders or anything else. Defensive rights are natural, preexisting and inalienable. Actually the right to own and carry arms is also natural, preexisting and inalienable as well. The 2nd Amendment is actually not a right of the people as much as it is a restriction and boundary upon government not to meddle with this preexisting right. To expound a bit, the First Amendment’s freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition doesn’t give us these natural rights, but these rights are the God-given, natural and inalienable rights of a free citizenry that flow from the Creator Himself. The First and Second Amendment are rather boundaries upon government jurisdiction, power and authority. Allow me to explain a bit further with a quote from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, the year before Madison introduced the Bill of Rights to the U.S. House.

    “I hope, therefore, a bill of rights will be formed to guard the people against the Federal government as they are already guarded against their State governments, in most instances.”
    Thomas Jefferson to James Madison,

    Nice article by the way, but I just wanted to clarify, I hope you don’t mind.
    Marc Richardson
    NRA Membership Recruiter
    Former Certified NRA Firearm Instructor
    Owner/Webmaster http://www.SaveTheGuns.com

  • Abby

    LOVE IT!

  • “gunner”

    just for the record, the “saint” of the feminist movement, susan b. anthony was firmly in favour of women having guns to protect themselves. look it up.

  • “gunner”

    and here’s that susan b. anthony quote:

    “I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”
    Susan B. Anthony
    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/s/susan_b_anthony.html#1W7cFYHpCOBzvmXq.99

  • LBoitel

    Brilliant article, Nancy. I couldn’t agree more. Especially with having the right to be free from discrimination, bias, etc. from those who disagree with your stance. I try to see those instances as opportunities to educate, however, it does get a bit tiresome at times.

  • http://twitter.com/LittleBull85 Cindy de León

    Eloquently stated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Young/100001630951601 Mike Young

    I think I have just fell in love all over again. I have the very same beliefs as you do and I wish to thank you for bringing those beliefs to the foreground.

    All joking aside about the falling in love part as I am happily married, but seriously I believe in the same policies and beliefs about guns and the politicians restriction on the use of guns as you do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elysianhunter Tonya Huntsman Price

    While we’re at it- and I do have a permit and I do carry- as weird as it sounds to some, if I had my way I would add protection dogs to that list of modes of personal defense. I have noticed that when I am out and about with Clara, my Belgian Malinois X GSD, (she’s about 65#) I feel a lot safer and a lot less likely to be accosted. She is not technically a protection dog by formal training, but because she is the right look/breeds and she is very alert, I can go about with her and not worry about anyone trying to harm me. Unfortunately dogs are restricted from more places than firearms are, which is sad, given that Clara’s behavior is better than that of many people’s children. It’s a thought.

    One of the best ways- along with a .357- of choosing to protect my body (and to deter wannabe perpetrators) is to walk alongside a large, well behaved and finely attuned dog. Of course the gun control freaks are the same ones who want to demonize certain dog breeds because some stupid people misuse them, but there is something to be said for responsible dog ownership and dog training specifically for personal protection.

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