World-renowned author and poet Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86. Lauded by Progressives as a civil rights champion, an education reformer and supporter of President Barack Obama, there is one thing you may not know about her: Angelou was a gun owner and she used it to defend herself.
Interviewed by Time magazine in 2013, Angelou spoke of her experience.
Time: Did you inherit your mother’s fondness for guns?
Angelou: I like to have guns around. I don’t like to carry them.
Time: Have you ever fired your weapon?
Angelou: Of course!
Time: At a person?
Angelou: I’ve fired it period, not at a person I hope!
She continued, ‘I was in my house in North Carolina. It was fall. I heard someone walking on the leaves. And somebody actually turned the knob.’
So I said, ‘Stand four feet back because I’m going to shoot now!’ Boom! Boom!
The police came by and said, ‘Ms. Angelou, the shots came from inside the house.’
I said, ‘Well, I don’t know how that happened.’
Happily, everything turned out okay for her. But don’t be surprised if the next ‘bang’ you hear are the minds of the anti-gun lobby popping.