There is nothing quite like being able to condense an idea—especially a profound one—into a few memorable words or a single line. Some time ago I started collecting memorable quotes, and from time to time, I use them for inspiration, not just for my writing, but for life.
Among my favorites is Robert A. Heinlein’s “An armed society is a polite society.” Another is Jerry Pournelle’s “Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.”
I came to the United States to be free, not to be equal. Under communism we were all equal—equally miserable, equally hopeless, equally oppressed.
But freedom comes with a price, because freedom is NOT free. Yes, a cliche. Like most, it’s a cliche for a reason. What is that price?
I know. A dirty word these days. Too bad. And I’m not talking about the ersatz type of responsibility known as “collective responsibility.” I’m talking about the personal, individual kind.
Freedom means taking personal responsibility. See, I said it again. And I will keep saying it for as long as I draw breath.
Free men (yes, that means the entirety of humankind, both sexes) are responsible men. They are individually and personally responsible. For what? Well, for starters, they are responsible for their own safety. Today that means knowing how to defend yourself.
For a woman, especially, that can mean a firearm.
I have carried a firearm for almost thirty years.
Thank you, Founding Fathers.
Thank you, Second Amendment.
Thank you, NRA.
No woman should be denied the means to defend herself. No woman should be reduced to fighting a bigger, meaner attacker with her bare hands, or with ineffective second-rate tools. Women’s lives are worth more than that. You, your daughters’, your wives’, your sisters’, your mothers’ lives are worth more that some delusion that evil doesn’t exist or that a sign will stop a criminal or that the state will protect.
This lesson—that you are personally responsible for your own safety—is a lesson that I hope no woman will ever have to learn the hard way. Death is not something you can come back from.
One of the reasons I write is because a story is a means of allowing my readers to vicariously experience things they wouldn’t otherwise—whether that something is exploring a new planet, pretending to have superpowers or magic, or surviving a life-changing experience.
My short story, “Equality” (included in Superversive Press’s upcoming anthology, MAGA: 2020 & Beyond) is NOT about violence. Rather, it’s about empowerment. It’s the story of one woman’s journey from victimhood to personal responsibility.
“When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”
MAGA: 2020 & Beyond will be released on Nov. 8th, 2017, exactly one year after Donald Trump’s election. It is available now for pre-order HERE.