The left loves them some hashtag activism. It seems that no matter the cause, there’s a hashtag out there.
Ultimately, it does very little. However, one thing it can do is allow people to know they’re not alone. In this day and age, we gun owners often feel isolated, especially if we don’t really fool with various gun groups on Facebook or anything.
However, if you’re on Twitter, there’s a brand of hashtag activism out there worth taking a look at.
This Friday and Saturday let’s blow up Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. with #whyicarry Tag all of your #2Afreedom loving friends and let’s get this movement going. Post pictures, videos, and stories of why you carry and what the #2ndamendment means to you. #SilentMajority #2A pic.twitter.com/uvCX8kSRJ0
— Fred Mastison (@ForceOptions) March 22, 2018
Using #WhyICarry, activists and even just casual carriers get to express their reasons for carrying a firearm. The truth is, there are a lot more of us than many people think.
Here’s my own contribution:
Because bad people do bad things to good people, and we good people don't get to schedule it in advance.
— Tom Knighton (@Tomcat1066) March 23, 2018
But let’s not make this about me. There are all kinds of awesome tweets.
I refuse to be a victim, I have the responsibility to protect my family and loved ones! It’s also my right. #WhyICarry
— Greg Curl (@CoachGCurl) March 22, 2018
#WhyICarry, I carry because God has entrusted me to take care for four other humans. Their lives are more important than mine. I carry because I am coming home to them at the end of the day! #WeThePeople#America#Polymer80#CustomGlock19!#Family#Husband#Daddy! pic.twitter.com/6pUYCVqTqs
— Nathan Mahaffey (@fryewise) March 23, 2018
I know that feeling all too well.
— Maine woods (@PolitzPaul) March 22, 2018
And not just stories like that, but a few like this never make it out of the local viewing area.
5'1. Petite. Loves living- Un-raped. Un-assaulted. Un-carjacked. Un-robbed. Un-dead.
My pistol evens the playing field. #WhyICarry #REDFriday #untiltheyallcomehome #neverquit #2A #girlswithguns pic.twitter.com/hpdoPLi2DD
— 🍓 (@SpinSpinSugar_) March 23, 2018
I’ve said it before, the average man is bigger, faster, and stronger than the average woman. While there are outliers, those are just that, outliers. You can’t make policy based on the outliers.
Women who want to protect themselves from male predators need something to even the playing field. The average woman may never bench 300 lbs, but she can muster the few pounds of pressure it takes to pull a trigger.
Because a restraining order is just a piece of paper #whyicarry
— Emily (@emily_ekhester1) March 23, 2018
Yes, it’s a cliche, but it’s also true.
Further, Castle Rock vs. Gonzalez shows that even with a restraining order in place, the government has no obligation to protect you. In other words, if they don’t show up, that’s OK because they’re not required to look out for you.
But we’re supposed to trust the government with all the guns so they can protect us?
Pull the other one. It’s got bells on it.
Because I'm a mother & it's my job to ultimately ensure the protection of my children. Because I'm a woman who knows the greatest equalizer between a rapist & his victim is a gun. Because the Constitution says I have the right & NO ONE can take that right away from me. #WhyICarry pic.twitter.com/JqfLzMvzWD
— Rebekah Worsham 🇺🇸 (@RebekahWorsham) March 23, 2018
As a father, I want to protect my wife and kids, but I can’t always be around to do it. Sometimes, my wife may have to be the one to protect them. If that’s the case, she needs the tools to effectively mount a defense.
I promise you, it isn’t going to be a rape whistle.
There is to much hate and violence in this world. To many people wanting to do harm to you or your family at any cost for their own selfish reasons. I refuse to let this happen to me, my family or a complete stranger, or be a helpless victim. #whyIcarry
— Sam Slaughter (@LawnNazi73) March 23, 2018
I don’t remember a more contentious time in this country in my lifetime. I qualify that only because I’m pretty sure it was more contentious during the Civil War, obviously.
And even if violent crime rates are decreasing, we’re still dealing with a fair bit of ugly left in our world.
These are just a few of the tweets. There is a whole pile of them, and I urge you to not just check them out, but also to offer your own thoughts. We’re all in this together. We have to stand shoulder to shoulder with one another despite our minor disagreements. If we fail to do so, our opponents will worm their way in and dismantle all that we hold dear.
Show our brothers and sisters in what I call hostile territory–places that are rabidly anti-gun–that they’re not alone!