The Second Amendment and those who exercise it are just like the country itself. E Pluribus Unum – Out of many, One. Americans who fight for, preserve, and defend freedom come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing a fellow fighter for freedom. A fellow gun owner and proud American by the name of Erin Smith who wrote the following. For those who don’t know, Erin Smith is a transgender gun owner and conservative living in the heart of San Francisco, California. Yes, the same San Francisco where Nancy Pelosi and Gavin Newsom live . . .
Erin Smith writes:
To be a gun-owning, conservative trans woman living in the leftist mecca of San Francisco is to exist as an apparent contradiction, and the incredulous reactions I get whenever I find myself discussing politics are an endless reminder of that fact.
How can I stand with people that seek to interfere with my life by denying me legal recognition and enshrining discrimination? That fight to keep me from using the correct bathroom? That seem to ignore my inherent worth as a person?
These are just some of the queries I have fielded, and to be frank in the beginning they actually sounded halfway reasonable and originating from legitimate concern. And while my political compass has always pointed right, I will freely admit the needle occasionally wavered when I pondered these things.
But living in a swirling nexus of ever-intensifying leftist political violence has exposed the deceit, and watching right-leaning friends be assaulted while attending political rallies, some shunned by their social circles, and others cowed from openly expressing even moderately diverging opinions has only intensified my feelings.
It quickly became clear that Leftist talking points aimed at my demographic only tempt when stripped of context, and a more holistic view illuminated their moral hollowness and intellectual bankruptcy.
The Left warns us of bigoted evangelicals, while excusing Islamic radicals and ignoring transphobic rhetoric from radical feminists.
They promise bathrooms and baked cakes, and destroy property rights and objective law. They give tolerance and preferred pronouns, and crush dialogue and muzzle free expression. They tell us “our body our choice,” then seek to deny us the means to protect either the body or the choice. They demand our pistols in exchange for platitudes, then have the audacity to feel entitled to our vote.
I won’t try to pretend the Right is perfect, because it isn’t. But in my case there’s been a surprising open-mindedness and intrinsic recognition of my individuality that I’ve never consistently seen from the Left, manifested from people and places I never expected like the gun community.
As a regular student in firearms training classes and a member of several gun-centric discussion forums, I’m fully aware the gun community has a decided rightward tilt.
That fact, combined with Leftist rhetoric about the endemic intolerance I could expect if I tried to live openly, left me briefly considering just walking away instead of risking the vitriol.
But I decided to stay, partly due to pure stubbornness , but also a suspicion the apparent hostility on the Right was mostly reactionary.
What I quickly noticed was the manner conservatives responded when approached with a modicum of courtesy and respect. Sure there were a sprinkling of obnoxious reactions, but most were more than happy to reciprocate; many in fact later admitted my calm and measured responses to the haters as being a huge factor in changing their minds.
But even with the ones that told me they didn’t agree with my transition, they often were at least courteous about disagreeing, along with freely admitting I had the right to do it.
In the end, what I appreciated most was the fact the positive reactions had to be real; there was nothing for them to gain by being supportive, no frowning SJW to avoid, ready to shriek at the slightest breach of the Narrative.
They were seeing me as a complex individual with many facets, and even if there might be one or two aspects they disagreed with, they were more than willing to overlook them in favor of the majority they respected.
I contrast with the Left, where multiple times I’ve witnessed even a minor digression from orthodoxy suffice to be cast into outer darkness. In hindsight, so much I was told ended up being posture and artifice.
This experience is exemplified by my recent experience at a Portland free speech rally. We departed the event location in a group for protection from Antifa violence, but they still followed us hurling insults and threats.
The scene was actually bizarre and illuminating; a racially mixed group of free speech advocates, with two transgender members and multiple blacks, hispanics, and at least one Samoan, stalked and subjected to loud accusations of being white supremacists and Nazis by a masked and menacing, almost exclusively white group uniformly dressed in black. They gave no indication they comprehended the irony.
To sum it up, neither side is perfect for me. But there’s only one side that displays concern for the Western civilization that makes my current life and very existence possible, supports my right to access tools to protect myself, and doesn’t seem interested in using political violence to trap me on their voting plantation, humanity and individuality denied me and reduced to a posing dummy. That’s really no choice at all.
Of course you, reader, have already taken Erin’s own words and understand these truths. That the people of the gun, the defenders of the Second Amendment aren’t hate-filled bigots, phobics, and racists. We are actually understanding, polite, respectful, law-abiding and open-minded people.
We understand that freedom means that there will be different people exercising their constitutional rights. Furthermore we embrace that fact. It is the gun grabbers who are closed-minded and hate those who exercise true freedom. The American Dream is that of individual liberty and personal freedom.
One of those freedoms is to be who you want to be. In Erin’s case, she’s able to be who she is: a conservative gun-owning American who happens to be a transgender.
In the liberal gun-grabbing mindset, to correct her badthink, Erin would be forced to believe the often repeated lies that gun ownership is wrong and that being reliant on one’s self for personal defense is abnormal. But because of the the moral fabric that comprises American society, Erin is able to truly be herself.
She can be an ambassador of the Second Amendment. In San Francisco, of all places. And here’s a little secret: Erin isn’t alone. Our country is filled with all manner of Erins.
Remember that American freedom comes in every color, shape and stripe you can think of. Folks like Erin make up organizations like Pink Pistols, Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership, the Second Amendment Foundation and so many more. They’re our fellow gun owners and friends. They’re our family members and allies.
Freedom and American liberty are for everyone and the gun-grabbing left will stop at nothing to make us all equal in a despotic lowest common denominator of conformist misery, a collective collection of nothingness. People like Erin help ensure that will never happen.