Welcome to Front Sight Press! So glad you could stop by! The purpose of this blog is to offer modest insight on a topic that affects us all: the Second Amendment in the 21st Century. When you think of a Second Amendment supporter, what image pops in your mind? Maybe an older white dude who worships Ronald Reagan and has a wall full of medals from Vietnam? Well, that’s another reason I decided to write this blog: I hate stereotypes. So, welcome to the mind of a young black female who happens to believe strongly in the Second Amendment. Here are just a few of the topics that interest me:
Let’s talk about guns.
But first, check your preconceived notions at the door.
For most of my life, my only exposure to firearms was negative: friends and family members getting shot, robberies, home invasions, car-jackings, and all the carnage we see on the news every day. In my early twenties, a family tragedy made me HATE guns with every fiber of my being. But then I realized that I had never actually touched a gun, had never even seen one up close, and knew almost nothing about them. So, one day, out of the clear blue sky, I walked into Rangemaster in Memphis, Tennessee, and told the strangers at the counter that I was terrified of guns. Their response: “We’ll fix that.”
Sixteen years and scores of classes later, I am what you might call a convert. My introduction to “the gun world” has afforded me the opportunity to meet all kinds of people who I might never have otherwise encountered. And now I’ve got a somewhat unique perspective on guns: I’ve lived in both camps and heard arguments from people I trust and respect on both sides of the debate. On this issue I’m not an idealist. I’m a realist. And frankly, BOTH sides sometimes frustrate me. A lot. Both sides have some valid points, but both sides do and say dumb things that hurt their own causes. Both sides (excluding the crazies) are usually genuine and well-meaning, but neither side readily admits that about the other.
Then there’s me, often caught in the middle. It’s a lonely space at times, especially now that recent trends in the gun debate have driven such a gaping wedge between the opposing points of view. I certainly don’t fancy myself an expert on firearms or self-defense. That title is reserved for giants like my mentor at Rangemaster, Tom Givens. But, if you’re tired of the same old talking points from the same old faces, here’s a simple blog from a simple chick who just tries to keep an open mind. With any luck, maybe you’ll find a few useful nuggets of fresh perspective here from time to time. Hope you enjoy!
– tgj 🙂