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.' Dad 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."
"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