It’s that creepy and frightening time of the year when children get to dress up in costumes and parents everywhere get to help their child choose a carve-worthy pumpkin. This Halloween was no different, aside from the fact that I’m always armed now and I have a few pictures to show it. It’s not like I was going to remove my gun to carve pumpkins. Why would I? That gun is a part of every outfit. Period. Not even thinking, my husband snapped a few images (that are poor in quality, since he really doesn’t understand my super cool Android phone) and sent a few to some liberal relatives. Lo and behold . . .
the problem in these photos is that “Sara needs to have a gun to carve pumpkins?” Seriously. It’s not like I actually contemplated removing the gun for the pumpkin carving festivities, but it never crossed my mind that I’d need to defend myself from the pumpkins either. I just honestly always carry and I never thought twice about sharing a photo of myself carving pumpkins with my kids…until now.
Should I be concerned? Nope. I’m not breaking any laws, I’m not hurting anyone, and I’m perfectly comfortable with that gun on my hip. So as I sip my iced tea and stare at my almost-complete AR-15 (which is stunning, by the way) and type this up, I’m not even the least bit concerned with my decisions.
I am, however, at a loss for the “concern” from those who noticed the gun in the pics. They are well aware that I carry on a daily basis. Why the shock and awe? I could understand the questions if I send a picture of me having a glass of wine while armed. (But I don’t do that anyway. I never mix alcohol and guns. It’s just a rule of mine.)
In the end, we’ll all be judged. We will be judged by those who don’t own guns, or those who do, but disagree with our carry choices. I make good decisions regarding my children and myself especially with regards to my guns, so the criticism definitely didn’t sway me. I got a few good smiles out of it though.
Gun owners are just people. Only better prepared and more aware of their surroundings.