by Eulia Tullis
arizona state coordinator for armed informed mothers
The Second Amendment Sisters is holding the "Armed Informed Mothers' March" Sunday, May 14 in Washington, D.C. We want to provide a strong pro-Second Amendment presence at a crucial moment in history, to let everyone know that our Second Amendment rights are non-negotiable.
It's time to get involved.
The Second Amendment is again under attack, this time from a group designed to garner sympathy from the public, and especially from the media. They have the backing of powerful anti-Second Amendment forces, such as Handgun Control Inc., who are determined to take the right to self-defense out of the hands of American families.
Our mission is to counter the "Million Moms" with a strong showing of our own, to provide information and education to the public, and to keep our Constitution and Bill of Rights from being torn down.
If you are a woman who owns a gun, you have an equalizer. Since most assailants will be bigger and stronger than you, and almost 90 percent of those assailants will not have a weapon of their own, you stand a much better chance of getting away unscathed if you are armed. Isn't that your right?
According to the Gun Owners Foundation, simply displaying the firearm, or firing a warning shot, is often enough to ward off an attacker, with less than 8 percent of these instances involving the wounding or killing of an assailant. By looking at the number of senseless deaths that guns prevent, it is obvious that the greater good is being served by having armed citizens.
While we as a nation have focused on the number of children who have been victims of violence, we have forgotten that so many women, so many mothers, have been the victims of violence as well. A restraining order waved at an enraged "ex" has not been proven an effective means of self-defense; neither has a telephone receiver in one's hand.
A Department of Justice survey found that about four in 10 inmates, 40 percent, serving time in jail for intimate violence had a criminal justice status -- meaning they were either on probation or parole or under a restraining order -- at the time of the violent attack.
The Gun Owners Foundation estimates that almost 1.5 million women over the age of 18 are raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.
For increasing numbers of women, ownership of a gun, and knowing how to use it properly, are significant steps toward peace of mind and security. According to the Gun Owners Foundation, an estimated 17 million women now own guns, and that number is growing.
We don't need more laws. Virtuous people will obey laws. Violent criminals will not. Vigorous prosecution of and stiff sentences for violent criminals need to be the order of the day.
In addition to our members marching to the capitol, we are asking all men and women to sign petitions that will be hand-carried to the U.S. Congress. This will show that the majority of both men and women in the United States do not believe that violating the Constitution is the proper method of dealing with a problem, which has consistently increased since prayer and God were taken from the schools, public buildings, and events. For information on how you can help get the message out, contact Eulia Tullis, coordinator, HC 3 Box 512K, Payson, AZ 85541.