gun advocate shoots straight with students
By Denise Albiston
founding fathers were the first feminists, they understood
that the Second Amendment was about individual rights to
defend themselves from those that would do them harm, said
Janalee Tobais, president and founder of Women
Against Gun Control (WAGC).
is a national organization aimed at preserving the Second
Amendment right to bear arms. Tobais spoke at the Taggart
Student Center Auditorium on Thursday to support Utah State
University's Students of the Second Amendment.
have a message for the United Nations and any other person
or organization that tries to take my guns away to leave
me and my family defenseless to terrorists, rapists and
murderers; You'll have to pry my gun away from my cold dead
fingers," Tobais said. "You don't protect
yourself by disarming yourself."
are especially vulnerable to attacks, Tobais said. A woman's
attacker is most often a man that is physically larger than
a woman and that's why women need to carry guns for protection.
Judges and lawyers cannot alter biology and the best way
for a woman to protect herself is with a gun, she said.
gun is an equalizing force for women who are otherwise no
match for a would-be attacker," Tobais said.
said a woman can spend thousands of dollars and many years
on self-defense classes, however, they "can't protect
you from a 250 pound drug addict, high on meth, from raping
or killing you and your family."
said a woman most often can't match a man's strength, so
they need other methods of protecting themselves.
guys could be women for a day and receive the harassment
that women go through on a daily basis, I guarantee you
that they'd be packing a pistol in their pants,"
said it is extraordinarily difficult to observe high-profile
women such as Hillary Clinton, Janet Reno, Sara Brady and
others that actively participate in an attempt to disarm
women. She said it agitates her to know that other women
are trying to take away her rights and added that many of
these women may be well-meaning, but they are extremely
hypocritical since many of these women live in gated communities
with body guards that carry guns.
just want to ask these women that are trying to disarm other
females, just how are they going to protect themselves if
an attacker breaks in? Are they going to scratch their eyes
out or pull their hair?" Tobais said. "I
bet they're not, I bet they have got a gun stashed under
their bed or in their underwear drawer."
Huntzinger, a second-year graduate student in communication
disorders, said, "I think it's important for all
of us to realize that guns really aren't the bad guy. If
only criminals have guns, then we're just going to be the
woman has natural instincts to protect her family, Tobais
said, and just like any other animal, when a women and her
family are in danger, she should have every means possible
to protect herself and her family.
anybody tries to mess with my kids, they're going to get
hurt," Tobais said. "I'll fight to the
death to protect them."
Wilson, a doctoral student in communication disorders, said,
"As a woman, a single woman particularly, I want
to be able to protect myself and I don't plan on being a
victim, so I think it's my right to choose how I do that,
including carrying a gun."
said gun accidents rank among the lowest in the nation,
but the media with their "blatant lies" try
to demonize guns. She said that whenever there is a gun
accident, it's front page news, but when there is a car
accident or a child gets ran over by a car, there is no
don't understand at all why the media has that opinion about
guns. They are very misinformed and are lazy reporters if
they don't go out and check the facts," Tobais
Campbell, an undeclared junior, said, "I think
all the women out there need to take advantage of gun control
and gun rights. They need to do more about protecting themselves
especially in a campus atmosphere, they need to have instant
said facts show that since gun organizations have been educating
people about gun safety, gun accidents have dropped. If
people want to compare gun accident numbers with numbers
of car accidents, then gun accidents are minuscule.
said a bicycle on the front lawn is a lot more dangerous
for a child than a loaded gun. National statistics will
show that more children are seriously injured while on a
bicycle than with a gun.
kind of people that carry a concealed weapon have registered
to buy them legally and have had background checks and everything
first," said Marjorie Blake, a USU graduate that
attended the speech. "This says that they are a
said, "The number one priority of Women Against
Gun Control is safety."
owners need to be responsible with their firearms, they
need to store their firearms correctly and teach their children
to stay away from guns while they are young, Tobais said.
When children get old enough to handle a gun, parents need
to teach their children proper firearm safety.
that teach their children how to use a firearm are less
likely to get involved with a gun accident," Tobais
is the key to firearm safety, Tobais said, a gun can't be
irresponsible with a person. It's people that are irresponsible
with guns. As a society, people need to examine what causes
people to commit crime, not the weapon involved in the crime.
The people that are irresponsible, Tobais said, are those
that won't let gun safety be taught in schools.
sick and tired of the gun haters blaming guns for crime,
because they are ignoring the real causes of crime,"
Tobais said. "The real cause of crime is the
breakdown of family. Statistics show that gun owners are
more religious than any other segment in society. They are
family oriented. They do things with their kids. They believe
in God and just want to be left alone to spend time with
Huntzinger, president of the Students of the Second Amendment,
said he believes police officers are not able to provide
the safety and protection needed in this country. They are
there to simply write the report when the crime is over.
He added that the individual right to manage their own safety
becomes a personal responsibility and the legislatures that
are for gun control tend to believe it is their responsibility
to manage the citizens of the United States.
will tolerate no more gun laws. There are more than 20,000
gun laws that have been passed in this nation and it's not
stopped any criminals from getting a gun," Tobais
said. "You have to either believe there is peace
through weakness or peace through strength."