“When I got married I quickly discovered my new bride did not like guns and didn’t want any in the house,” Terry Turner writes at siouxcityjournal.com. “That was OK since I couldn’t afford a gun or ammo anyway. The no guns rule went on until all our kids had grown and left home. It was then I started a campaign to get a shotgun.” H-h-h-hold it! . . .
Mr. Turner couldn’t afford a gun and ammo yet he somehow managed to raise at least two children? I’m calling B.S. You can buy a new Mossberg Maverick 88 Security Pump Action shotgun (above) for under $200. A box of 10 Hornady Critical Defense 12 Gauge 2-3/4″ 00 Buckshot shells will run you $12.99.
The real reason Mr. Turner didn’t buy a shotgun? His wife didn’t want him to. Because guns. Because marriage.
How many millions of American men are browbeaten cowed to the point where they allow their wives/girlfriends to stop them exercising their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms — to defend themselves and their families?
[Fair disclosure: I’ve been divorced twice. My derision does not reflect my ability to sustain an amicable relationship more than, say, five years.]
To his credit, Mr. Turner finally found the stones — or negotiated a deal with his wife — to buy a shotgun. And then . . .
We ate supper and were in the process of cleaning up when the phone rang. I answered it. A voice on the other end said, “This is the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office and there is a deputy outside your door and he wants to talk to you.” As I hung up the phone I thought, “Oh my gosh they found out I bought a gun!” . . .
There was a deputy at the bottom of the porch steps who politely explained, “The local police officer reported he heard gunshots in the area and thought it came from here.” I thought about it and then remembered hearing something. I told the deputy I heard it too but thought it sounded like a car backfiring.
We talked for a few more minutes and when they couldn’t find anything everyone left. I walked back in the house satisfied that the incident was over. There was my wife standing in the living room. She had watched the drama unfold from the window. She had her hands on her hips and was glaring at me. She said, “I told you not to buy that damn gun!” And walked away.
After a few years of languishing in the closet I finally sold the gun and haven’t owned one since. Like I said I don’t think the Second Amendment applies to me.
Yes. Yes it does. It applies to everyone, regardless of marital relations.