Dr. Wolf? Yes!!! "The last thing keeping us free in America, as the lights go off all over Europe- and Australia, and Canada - is, yes, we must face this fact, the Second Amendment."
Brava, Naomi. From an ex-vaxine believer to an ex-hippie.
Well said. Very informative....as the daughter of a family of old world immigrants, hunters who hunted to survive the depression, I'd grown up around guns as, basically a tool. I was taught to use a gun and to hunt as a life skill. I was also instructed in the use of guns for self defense, should an intruder ever make it through the hunting dogs to us.
It is amazing and instructive to hear such a drastically different perspective, especially being a child of the 70s myself.
Guns are an equalizer. They level the playing field and thereby diffuse threats that might be acted on in situations of corruption and abuses of power, which, let's face it, all entities of power eventually succumb to.
Thanks for re-publishing this piece. Naomi is a national treasure. I hope a little time since she first wrote this, that Naomi realizes that without the Second Amendment, our First Amendment would be gone. It has suffered quite the battering over the last 2+ years.
A couple of thoughts, the term "gun violence" is a misnomer. A gun is not violent. It is a tool, hopefully used to prevent violence and save lives. It is the user of the gun who may be violent. It is well acknowledged that firearms in the US are used some 5 million times a year to protect people from violence. Oftentimes, it is the mere presentation of a gun that saves a person from injury or death. The rate of killings with a gun is lower percentage-wise than in many countries where the people are not permitted to own them. Another fact worth noting, the gun death figures bandied about include about 50% by suicide. It is well accepted that most of the suicides would have occurred without using a gun. People set on killing themselves, usually find an alternate method.
Another anti-gun term is "mass shootings". Shooting is what a person does at a gun range or shooting clay targets. What is being referenced in that term is multiple murder. Multiple murders can be as little as 3 or 4, among gangs, or in families. Mutiple murder can be done with a knife, a sword, a bomb, a baseball bat. Or even with bare hands. There are often more killings done with these than with guns.
When tyrants or totalitarians wish to conquer a society, the first thing they do is confiscate the people's guns. Nazi Germany was a prime example, but these confiscations have happened throughout history. When you have nothing to defend yourself, you can't fight back.
There are over 300 million guns in this country and over 100 million gun owners. We will never be conquered as long as the enemy knows we have guns, protected by the Second Amendment, and we are prepared and willing to use them if necessary to protect ourselves and our great Republic.
Thank you Naomi and Paul for being supporters of the Second Amendment.
Thank you for posting. I didn't seen this one. Her newsletter are hard to find in my gmail account. They're always squirreled away. I am a little younger than Naomi and similar mindset about guns. Covid woke me up. I am now the owner of a gun and I can attest to the many women who now own. I bet the 30-50 bracket is the fastest growing segment.
“THE GREAT EQUALIZER”...welcome to the club Naomi! I’ve been an avid gun owner for decades, at 59, especially as a single female most of my life. My baby Glock .380 is always by my bedside...not to mention “the others”. My bf is an avid firearms “expert” as well. Guns and violence are NOT mutually exclusive! Remember that! An armed society is a polite society, with respect, of course.
Excellent piece from Dr Naomi Wolf. In Australia we give 607 thousands ln 1997-98. The liberal sequestered under Prime Minister John Howard, the guns, and without the guns we are descending by medical tyranny. What a disgrace !!
Somehow we need to get those first 13 words back into force and effect...https://courageouslion380.substack.com/p/those-forgotten-and-ignored-13-words-957
Well done, Naomi. We are all learning a lot on this journey.
This is outstanding and a well thought out substack-thank you for sharing it with the world! ❤️
As a Jew, she ought to be aware of the first thing the Nazis enacted once in power: Gun Control. Curiously enough, exactly the same as in Russia under the Bolsheviks, and in China under Mao.
I love the smell of coffee in the morning—especially when it's scent is wafting from the cups of other liberty-minded individuals.
As a woman in my elderly years, my appreciation of the second amendment has grown not just into acceptance of the necessity of gun rights, but into a believer in the wisdom of our founding fathers. At the age of 16 my family lost my father to self inflicted gun violence. His personal demons from WWII and the horrors of his childhood were just too much for him. He did seek help from the physiatrists of that time, but they openly admitted that they didn’t know how to help him. So my views on guns and their necessity were tainted in negativity.
Fast forward into the 1990s and the increasing changes occurring in our world and our society, logic forced me to look at my belief system. Though I thought I knew and understood the constitution, I didn’t. I was forced by my growing sense of survival instinct to honestly study the actual meaning of the second amendment and to touch a gun. There is empowerment in knowing that If need be, I can defend myself in my senior years. It took me so long to realize that the gun was not the enemy. The real enemy lies in the emotional state of the mentally ill, the evil nature of man, and the lack of knowledge of gun safety.
I’ll leave the anti second amendment supporters with one more imposing question. Could Our second amendment be the thing standing between us and tyranny?
Better late than never......
Some mass shootings are staged.. To gather support for gun control
Commies want America. If they win, commies will have their "workers paradise".... death camps all over the world. KEEP YOUR GUNS.
I grew up with the guys having gun racks in the back window with guns guns at school,YES guns made me nervous buti was timid about guns but also felt safe at school.It was my handeling of a gun that made me nervous. I grew up with hunters all around me.It is the UNIPARTY that has smothered gun rights but as a mom of 3 with a husband whom worked away from hom alot and a felon knocking at my door and windows in the middle of the night who had shot his own father and I was alone with 3 kids under 5 I realized I had to protect my children that nervousness went away and I keep a gun safe from my kids but I can protect my family and myself and I appreciate the 2nd ammendment .The attack on the NRA is false.They teach safety.In 2021 the biggest purchases of guns was women.I believe it will continue because of the violence that is rising. Also the rise in violence is not largely guns its knives,hands,hammers,cars and many other weapons. Also the police have been restrained and really they show up after the incident happens anyway.Also I don't call it gun violence because I have never seen a gun shoot by itself. It is the person using the gun.The more they restrict guns it won't stop shootings because illegal guns are out there and restricting legal gun owners will not stop the people with Illegal guns.Most gun crimes are by people with illegal guns and they are not going after them.There is nothing wrong with owning a legal gun it's just something the UNIPARTY wants to control like everything else. We have a 2nd Ammendment for a reason.Its there to protect the first.Look at other countries who gave up guns..What do you think would happen if we lose ours???Also from the looks of it we will need it for the food shortage..Gun owners will share food with the ones trying to take our guns and thats a fact..