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Resting my eyes from my term paper, I got a surprise, and a flash of recognition.

Phlegmfatale tells the story of a time when she refused, as a young woman, to acquiesce to the demands of a pair of attackers who were after her purse. She was knocked down and beaten, and her purse eventually taken, while several people just stood and stared.

She was told that she’d done the wrong thing by law enforcement. However, due to the diligence of her father and with the help of a few LEOs, the main perpetrator was put behind bars, and Phlemmy learned that if she wants to be safe, she can’t depend on anyone else to help her.

It’s a hard lesson to learn, and most of the folks who tell you that you’d best lie down and take it have never had, “yeah, you like that, huh, bitch? say my name. say it. you like this, don’t you?” whispered in their ear after a brief physical fight lost.

They’ve never been beaten up and had their identity stolen, or been carjacked, or been threatened in their own homes.

But more important than the physical and financial damage done is the loss of your sense of self, and your loss of faith in humanity. People WATCHED Phlemmy get robbed and did nothing about it. Even the security guard who helped her after the fact said he saw the entire thing, but didn’t make a move to help her until after the altercation was finished. Unfortunately, there was no one around for my ordeal, but if there had been, I suspect the reaction would have been the same. People are so fucking scared of having the same thing happen to them that they will just sit there, GLAD it’s not them, and let it happen to someone else.

I swore that it would never happen again. Like Phlemmy, I thought to myself that if I was EVER faced with a situation where someone tried to take advantage of me in any way, I would fight them, tooth and nail, doing as much physical damage as I could possibly do, even if I died doing it.

If I’d owned a gun, I wouldn’t have had it with me during my ordeal. Circumstances didn’t permit it. It wouldn’t have helped.

But I’ll be damned if I’m going to let that stop me from exercising my right to carry now. If it happens again? I’m ready. Even without a gun, I will MAKE myself a force to be reckoned with.

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It’s not just a cool phrase to show movie and history geeks that you liked 300. It’s not a trendy thing to wear or say when you’re surrounded by other gun-owners to show solidarity.

It’s a way of life.

NEVER AGAIN.

Over. My. Dead. Body.

So you see, there are more reasons for that tattoo than any of you realized, aren’t there?

10 comments to Resting my eyes from my term paper, I got a surprise, and a flash of recognition.

  • Hooah

    That’s about all I can say.

  • In her youth, someone very close to me had the same sort of experience you did. Repeatedly. It changed her perspective in many areas, including the role of firearms in society. Her family and friends in the gang-infested backwater of her youth all associated guns with crime. She, on the other hand, saw guns as equalizers before I even mentioned the concept.

    Wear your new brand with pride — although I’d imagine ink on skin is redundant. I’m sure it’s already visible in your eyes to anyone who looks carefully.

  • Squeaky Wheel

    Rusty – Indeed!

    Tam – Thanks.

    David – I was ambivalent about gun use (legal or otherwise) before…now I’m adamant that responsible gun carry be encouraged as much as possible. I can’t see any other way to face people who would be so willing to do you any harm. One of my professors has told me that I scare him when I look at him for too long when he’s lecturing – apparently my stare is a little intense. I would hope that means that I don’t look like an easy target…heh. The tattoo is more for me, anyway. It’s just a bonus that others will be able to see it.

  • I bought my first carry gun today. Thanks for the link.
    Ditto everything you said. I think this needs to be considered and repeated often.

  • Squeaky Wheel

    Yay! You should post photos and a range report! I’m so happy for you! :-D

  • Squeaky Wheel

    Roberta – Woo!

  • I’ve always felt that if I witnessed (or was the victim of) something like that, I would have it in me to attack the attacker.

    In terms of build, I’m the proverbial 90 pound weakling, so the odds of that coming out… badly for me is fairly decent. Mentally, however, I’m the type that if I ever do decide to throw that punch, I would _commit_. Once I decide to make that move, the phrase “tooth and claw” will not just be a saying.

    Unfortunately I live in the Chicago area, so carrying a gun is not an option (legally).

  • I’ve come to think that every citizen should be knowledgeable on the care of use of basic weapons. I don’t think every should have to carry, but they should know enough to be able to keep from hurting themselves or someone else.

    When did the tools of personal defense (and the mindset) become so distasteful?

    Good post.