Elitists are so predictable. They talk about the diversity of public
schools, while sending their children to private schools; they talk
about disarming the populace, while hiring bodyguards to carry guns;
they oppose allowing ordinary workers to invest their own Social
Security money in the stock market, while investing in Internet
start-ups to fund their own retirement.

Most law-abiding gun owners were not surprised when the Stamford
Advocate published the story about Rosie O’Donnell’s bodyguard applying
to the Greenwich Police Department for a pistol-carrying permit. It
seems that talk show host Rosie O’Donnell of the Misinformed Mothers
March was concerned about the safety of her 4-year-old son Parker when
he begins preschool next fall. However, when parents of other students
attending that school, learned that an alleged “armed” bodyguard would
be bringing Parker to school, their concerns became public.

According to the

“O’Donnell said she had moved here (Greenwich, Conn.) from Nyack, N.Y., in part because she was told it was a safe community. She likes the town, but sometime finds that ‘people here have too much money.’ She said she always hoped to be able to send her children to public school. ‘I come from a working-class background. That’s always been the plan.'”

I predict that none of her children will ever set foot in a public school. Rosie, like so many of her elitist colleagues, can’t seem to admit they are snobs and don’t know truth from fiction. After all on her television show of April 19, 1999, Rosie the hypocrite said, “I don’t care if you want to hunt. I don’t care if you think it’s your right. I say, ‘Sorry.’ It is 1999. We have had enough as a nation. You are not allowed to own a gun, and if you do own a gun I think you should go to prison.” Yet when queried about whether her bodyguard should carry a gun on May 24, 2000, she said, “I don’t personally own a gun, but if you are qualified, licensed and registered, I have no problem.”

Come on now, Rosie, when did you become the poster person for Right to Carry? And, if you wanted the title, those of us with Right to Carry permits don’t want you! We would rather have Suzanna Gratia Hupp, who was the keynote speaker at the counter rally to the MMM organized by the Second Amendment Sisters. Suzanna is the lady responsible for passage of the Texas Right to Carry law. Because Texas lacked a Right to Carry law in 1991 she left her handgun in her car when George Hennard drove his pickup truck through the window of the Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, TX and calmly walked around the restaurant shooting terrified customers. Two of his victims were Al and Ursula Gratia, Suzanna’s parents.

I have watched Suzanna tell the story countless times and know she is convinced that if she had been carrying her pistol in her purse that fateful day, her parents and others would be alive today. She turned her grief into self-defense activism. As she told me, “I’ve become an activist because I’m angry. I do all the media work, I do because I’m angry, and I’m running for the legislature because I’m angry.” She now serves in the Texas legislature and is a constant reminder of the need for Right to Carry laws.

Another nominee for the Right to Carry poster woman would be Charmaine Klaus of Michigan. Charmaine lives just outside the city limits of Pontiac where the police chief bragged about not issuing any pistol carrying permits. Charmaine was a manager of a convenience store. A series of convenience store robberies in which the robbers would take the lone clerk out into the woods, torture and kill them frightened store employees. However, the store management instructed all clerks and supervisors not to carry guns while on duty.

Charmaine and her husband Bill, an NRA instructor, discussed the restriction and they decided that she would carry her handgun to work surreptitiously. One Saturday night at about ten-thirty she was in the back office beginning to close down the shift, leaving nineteen-year-old Darlene Ramsey to wait on customers in the front of the store. All of a sudden Darlene came running towards the back of the store yelling that there was a masked man with a gun coming towards the store. Charmaine told Darlene to lock the front door, while she reached for the phone to dial 911. Although the door was locked, the masked man shot through the door, entered the store, and proceeded to shoot Darlene twice: once in the abdomen and once in the chest.

Hearing the first shot Charmaine grabbed her gun. As the assailant came towards the doorway, Charmain aimed for his head and fired the pistol. Unfortunately the bullet hit his tooth and shattered. As blood was spurting from his mouth, he continued to come towards her firing his gun. To avoid the ricocheting bullets Charmaine crawled under the desk. The masked man shot Darlene point blank in the head and came after Charmaine.

She was trapped under the desk. He pointed the gun at her head and as he fired she raised her hand in front of her face. His last bullet went through her hand and into her jaw. He then fled from the store.

As he ran off Charmaine remembers thinking that even if she died, that she had wounded him and the authorities would catch him. Darlene died on the way to the hospital and Charlene lived. Both she and Bill know that having and using her gun saved her life. It also helped identify the assailant, who is now serving a mandatory life sentence for murder.

Another candidate for Right to Carry poster woman is Patsy Tankersley. Christine Klein in the online edition of

tells her story. “In 1994, Ms. Tankersley was stabbed in her own home by two male robbers. After she refused their demand to remove her pants, one of the men slashed the throat of Ms. Tankersley’s 6-year old daughter. Ms. Tankersley quickly agreed to retreat into her bedroom and come back naked. But the robbers were in for a shock. Ms. Tankersley emerged in the company of a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol, which she used to blast one robber in the chest and send the second fleeing. Her daughter needed 18 stitches to repair the damage to her throat, but mom and daughter lived. Ms. Tankersley’s actions were ruled to be self-defense.”

So, you see Rosie there are plenty of women who understand and believe in the concept of self-defense. We too want to keep our children out of harm’s way.

We, like you, want our children and our communities to be safer. We just want the right and the ability to defend ourselves with the weapon of our own choice.

Most of us can’t afford to move to safer communities and buy million dollar homes. Most of us can’t afford to hire armed bodyguards to take our kids to school. Most of us can’t afford to send our children to private schools. All we want is to maintain our primary right of self-defense and our right to carry a firearm, should we choose to. Stop trying to deny us that primary civil right.

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