A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, March 07, 2008

She's Got a Gun

"For the first nine years after Jimmy's death, Dad would drive past the cemetery where Jimmy was buried, on his way to work. Each day, twice a day, he would say as he passed by, 'Come on home, Jimmy boy.' Nancy FloydDad stopped doing this after he changed jobs and his driving route changed. He told me he held on to the slightest hope that the body sent home to us wasn't Jimmy's and he was still alive, somewhere in Vietnam. Dad acknowledged how far-fetched this sounded, but it didn't stop him from thinking it, wishing it. If Jimmy had come home, I wonder, would he have followed his boyhood dream and become a gunsmith? ...

If Jimmy had come home from Vietnam, I don't think his kid sister would have purchased a gun at the end of the first Gulf War. The only reason I bought my gun was because I wanted to understand what he loved about firearms. By doing what he loved most, I thought I might learn more about him. And I have."

Nancy Floyd

"She's Got a Gun" is a volume of women gun owners photographed, quoted, and compiled by Georgia State University photography professor Nancy Floyd. It challenges the idea that gun ownership and appreciation is solely a masculine quality. In the exerpts located at Creative Loafing, it looks like this book is a good one....A very good one. Like "Armed America" by Kyle Cassidy, it crushes the myths that gun owners are ignorant tobacco chewing rednecks with dried up cornflakes stuck in their beards.

She's Got a Gun by Nancy Floyd is available in hardcover at Amazon.com, and also at Temple University Press.

Hat tip to Tam

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xav...Between "Come on home, Jimmy boy," and: the image of your feral self furiously chasing memories, have left me in need of Ed Skinner's Rx: a caramel-dipped cruller, or three and a cuppa.

Son and I will stop at Dunkin Donuts in the morning--in your honor--for an attitude adjustment on the way to the range. His companionship always clears up a fuzzy sight picture for this 70 year former old wild thing.

That he is nine years old also helps.

Very best regards,


11:37 PM  
Blogger Jayson said...

i read that and was amazed.

because GSU is a little left of Che on the political scale. they call themselves an "urban studies" campus.

11:43 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...


I have found most gun owners in my acquaintance to be some of the loveliest, most warm people I've met, as well as the most intelligent.

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Waterbug said...

In the photo, Ms. Floyd demonstrates unsafe gun handling. Does the dog know to be scared?

8:48 AM  
Blogger Tam said...

"In the photo, Ms. Floyd demonstrates unsafe gun handling."

Which photo are you talking about?

In the one accompanying Xavier's post, Ms. Floyd's finger is off the trigger and the "muzzle" of the rubber band gun is pointed in a safe direction.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Buy this Blog or the dog gets it"?

2:17 PM  

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