Our story on Rachel -- the 90-year-old gun totin', flag wavin', car drivin' granny -- has sparked a lot of hot discussions. One comment that pops up more than any other focuses on the handgun she carries with her while traveling alone. Rachel has a concealed weapons permit and has attended all the appropriate gun safety training courses, but it's still raised a lot of concern among some viewers.
What do you think? Is she just doing what she needs to do in order to protect herself? Should there be an age limit on gun ownership? Would you encourage your mother or grandmother to carry her own weapon?
If you haven't watched the story yet, check it out here, then tell us what you think!
Post edited on Jun 22 2009 at 04:00:00 pm by Growing Bolder
It is almost ALWAYS some snivelling little s*$t with an agenda such as hate/anger towards older people in their lives who want to limit our right to live.
I'm 70 and, although I've never been this old before, I see so many 'young/younger" people who can't wipe themselves without help.
This really angers me. I still run a business, golf, fish, work out, THINK FOR MYSELF and am able to do a lot of other things much better than many many younger people. This includes physically defending myself.
I just had an email exchange with a friend who is now 50. She remembers capgun, playing outside and being allowed to be a kid. I had all sorts of toys when I was a kid and, not a damn one of them led to my being a crinimal.(I can spell criminal butt, I like crinimal better;).
Let some young punk come and try to take something away from me. They'll see what older people are STILL able to do.
The can take MY gun, one round at a time. There is a totally legitimate reason for owning my guns. If something happens, when do the cops get there?? Yeah, they strut in and say, "We'll get the perp!!"
Too late, hero cop. I'd rather STOP something from happening to me thasn listen to your self important b.s.
Post edited on Nov 30 1999 at 12:00:00 am by FISHGOLF
I Agree %100, I am a 68, Female, NRA Member! My Dad Dies for this Country to be Free and that meant Owning and Using Gun's Legally!!! What ever happened to the town that made it Mandatory to own a gun??
If Rachael took the classes and has a CCW... and is qualified to carry legally, No problem in my book. I have a CCW. I seldom carry but that isn't the point. The point is that the more CCWs issued = the more variables the bad guys have to consider. The elderly have just as much right to self defence as everyone else. Anyone who has ever taken CCW classes knows it mostly concerns legal issues. Tactical handgun combat isn't a real big part of the training.
There is an old adage to the effect " Never pick a fight with an old guy. He won't fight with ya... he'll just shoot you..."