“Top Gun actress Kelly McGillis says she has been issued a conceal and carry gun permit after being assaulted during a break-in at her home on June 17,” people.com reports. “The 58-year-old wrote on Facebook on Thursday that she was ‘rushed’ through a conceal and carry course and is now “armed and ready.'”
The Witness star went on to write that she was gang-raped at age 12, later held up at gunpoint during college, attacked on the New York City subway, and then raped again by two men in 1979 – a horrific ordeal she’s previously spoken out about.
“I have been stalked by an ex-girlfriend who took great pains to try to poison my animals and wreak a swath of destruction of my personal property,” McGillis detailed. “After each one of these attacks I moved thinking I could find a safe place. Not. The incident Friday night has now pushed me over the edge. It has been my tipping point. No I am not a victim. I am a survivor.”
While I’m glad to see Ms. McGillis take personal responsibility for her security, perhaps she could now speak out about the importance of gun rights, so that other woman don’t experience the horrific attacks that led to her decision to carry. Especially women in New York City.
“All I have ever wanted is to feel safe. Safe in my own home…. I can’t think. I can’t eat. And I am terrified to be alone…That’s why I am going to start carrying a gun.”
Here’s hoping a self-defense firearm will alleviate these symptoms. And one more thing Ms. McGillis: home carry.