I Carried a Gun and Loved It

From the Marie Claire Magazine website:
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The most memorable Valentine’s Day gift I ever received was a black nylon fanny pack designed to hold a gun. For my live-in, gun-nut boyfriend, it was a grand romantic gesture and an encore, of sorts, to his Christmas present, a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol. I had hoped for the new “lady friendly” hammerless Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, but the fanny pack would have to do.

It definitely topped his gifts from years past: a can of pepper spray and a tactical pocketknife. And the timing was perfect. I had just qualified for a concealed-handgun permit under a recently passed state law-the state, of course, being Texas.

Great to see positive firearm articles in mainstream magazines.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • I’m not so sure it’s a pro-gun article… Consider the last paragraph:

    “There’s a well-known saying in the pro-gun world: “It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.” I understand why that makes sense-as long as it’s referring to umbrellas and tampons. As for a gun, I’ve come to believe that not having it and not feeling like I need it is, by far, the best way to be.”

  • Hi Yuri, you do make a good point.

    I took it to mean that in a perfect world free of crime etc. etc. guns for self defense wouldn’t be needed…

    Of course in my perfect world, and I am sure in yours, the more the better 🙂 I love target shooting, hunting and plinking.

  • Biff

    First off, let me say that I’d love to find a woman who gets excited about tactical gifts…

    Now, as for one of my favorite sayings (quoted above by Yuri): I completely believe this to be true. Yes, in a perfect world we wouldn’t have to worry about needing one; but this world is not, nor has it ever been, perfect. Nor is it likely to be any time soon, for that matter.

    The constant counterpoint to pacifism; yes, if everyone were a pacifist this would be a peaceful world. But the one guy that isn’t will run rampant over the ones that are.