Glenn interviewed TheBlaze host Dana Loesch on radio today, her book Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America
went on sale this week. During the interview, Dana told a gripping story of what happened to her as a young child that changed her views on guns right then and there.
"I open this book with a personal story that I haven't shared before," Dana said. "My family is from southern Missouri, the Ozarks, and my grandparents had this 800-square-foot -- on the side of an abandoned mine shift in the Ozarks. This is like some old Loretta Lynn stuff here."
"But one night I was sleeping with my little cousin and my grandparents in my grandparent's bedroom, and it was 10:30. It was a summer night. The window was open. They lived way out in the middle of nowhere. Gravel road, gravel drive. and I heard something outside. And it sounded -- the noise that it -- it sounded inhuman. And it was a woman that was running through the woods. Ran up my grandparent's gravel drive, burst through their front door. It was their daughter, my aunt. And her estranged husband had tried to kill her."
"And she was able to wrestle free and get away. In her bedclothes she ran through a creek, she ran through the woods to get to her parents' house. And she kept screaming, he's coming after me. He yelled at me as I ran out the door that he's coming to kill me."
"And as a little kid, that terrified me because the whole town knew about her estranged husband. And I feared for my life. I'm sitting there in the middle -- there's no law. When you call 911 down in these rural areas, you're lucky if the average response time for that is 20 minutes. I was terrified."
"And I'm sitting there in bed listening to all this. And my grandfather came down the hallway, and he went into the room. I pretended to be asleep so I could hear more. And he opened up his gun cabinet because we didn't have gun safes. It was etched glass, his son made it for him by hand. He got out a shotgun. He went to the front porch. Loaded it. Cocked it. Sat on that swing. And he waited while my grandma called the law."
"The law didn't show until about 45 minutes later. And my grandpa sat on that front porch, and I went from feeling being terrified to feeling relaxed. Because he was swinging in his porch swing, and the breeze was coming through the window, and I was relaxed and felt safe again. As every kid should."
"And what we found out, her estranged husband did try to come to the house. He saw my grandpa sitting on the porch, knew that he would be armed, and thought better of it. And he turned around and went away. He's now in prison."
"So that's how I came to have the experience, that this is more than about hunting. You know, this is about self-defense."