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Dana Loesch recently shared a story on her show on TheBlaze TV about how she came to be such a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment.
When Loesch was young, her grandfather protected her family after her aunt was threatened by an estranged husband in southern Missouri.
Loesch called the right to bear arms a “natural right” and slammed anti-gun activists including Michael Bloomberg. The story was tied into her new book, Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America, released Tuesday.
“One evening, my little cousin and I–their daughter, my aunt and uncle’s daughter–we were asleep, and I heard the sound of footsteps on gravel. And I heard a woman sobbing. And my grandparents never locked their door so I heard this women come in, and I could tell, it was such–her voice was so high-pitched, and she sounded so hysterical and so upset, I immediately was very curious. But I had also learned early on that if I stayed still and pretended to be quiet, I’d hear a lot more.
“And she came in and [my grandparents] calmed her down enough so she could explain what was happening. Her estranged husband had attacked her and he had gone to go get a gun. He wanted to kill her. And so she ran through the woods in the Ozarks. It was a cool summer night, but she ran all the way through the woods in the dark, in her bedclothes to my grandparents house. And she ran right into the arms of my grandma and grandpa.
“And my grandma was getting her calmed down, and she said, ‘You know, you need to call the law.’ It’s what she told my grandpa, it’s what it is–you call the law. It’s not, ‘You call 911’–you call the law.
“So they called the sheriff’s office, they called for the law, and, in a huge county in southern Missouri it’s gonna take a long time for the law to actually arrive. Heaven forbid it’s a life or death circumstance.
“So I laid in bed really still, and I could hear my grandpa. I could hear his heavy footsteps, really slow and really determined, coming down the hallway. And he had our cabinet, he had his gun cabinet in the bedroom, they moved it in the bedroom.
“And he came into the bedroom, he opened the door, and he grabbed one of his rifles, actually he grabbed a shotgun, closed it. I could hear him rummaging around for some ammunition, and then he left. I could hear him walk out. He thought we were sleeping. My little cousin was sleeping, I wasn’t.
“He loaded his shotgun, cocked it, walked out on the front porch. Because my aunt said, ‘He’s coming for me, he’s coming for me. He’s not going to stop until he gets me.’ Grandpa cocked the shotgun, sat out on the swing on the front porch. And I was terrified because I’m hearing my aunt cry, and when you’re a young kid and you hear adults cry and they’re scared, that really rocks your sense of security and it rocks your sense of safety, right? My grandparents’ house had been a refuge.”
“And so I was really nervous. I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s gonna come here and he’s gonna shoot us and he’s gonna kill us., and the police aren’t gonna get here in time.’ And so when my grandpa did that, fierce determination in every step, he sat on that porch swing, he cocked that shotgun, and he just rocked very gently back and forth. The window was open. A cool breeze was coming in. I could hear the creek of that porch swing, and the jangle of the chains as they smacked against each other. And that actually lulled me to sleep. I went from being terrified to feeling safe because my grandfather was able to protect his family.
“And of course the law came finally, and [police officers] were involved and all of that stuff. But that is how I came to realize how much more firearms could do [for] my family. And how I could rely upon them for safety, not just for providing food.”
“And so because of that personal story, when I see people like Michael Bloomberg, and I see people like Shannon Watts and ‘Moms Demand.’ When I see them out there arguing about disarming people, moms, and dads, and grandmas and grandpas, and men and women. You’re not just talking about a political talking point. You’re talking about a natural right.
“Don’t confuse it with a civil right. A civil right is something that is determined by government. A natural right is something that is given to you by God. Man cannot take that away or pervert that. And when I see these anti-gun lobbyists out there talking about getting rid of our natural rights, I get nervous, because you’re talking about getting rid of an ability to protect or to defend yourself and your family.
“And maybe they haven’t had to face the criticism and the threats on their life that I have had to face, especially even after I announced that I was writing this book. Maybe they’ve never had people come to their house. Maybe they’ve never had people call their place of work and threaten to kill their kids, but I have. And when you talk about taking away my God-given natural right, I tend to get a little testy.”
H/T The Blaze
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